The “test and keep the new iPad 3!” text is a scam

As with any new tech gadget, scammers are attempting to trick consumers into revealing personal information by teasing them with the opportunity to test and then keep the new iPad.

Here is a photo of a text one of the BBB staffers received:

There are a couple of red flags that help identify this as a scam:

1. The grammar and capitalization of some of the words is completely wrong. For example: the “T” and “K” from “Test and Keep” are capitalized and the two words “go to”  run together.

2. The new iPad is called just that, the new iPad. Referring to it as the New iPad 3 is incorrect.

3.  And lastly, the web address has no mention of Apple or Mac, or anything related to this brand.

BBB wants to remind consumers to ignore and delete any text message referencing the new iPad or any similar messages. These texts, commonly referred to as smishing text messages, can be misleading and even quite confusing, especially when they use the names of companies we know and trust.

If you are questioning a text that appears to come from a well-known company, call the company directly before clicking on any links provided in the text. Or, you can call your BBB at 512-445-2911.

4 Comments

  1. Jack Jones says:

    I have an interesting problem… sometime back my bank informed me that there had been an attempt to use my credit card somewhere in Florida that didn’t seem right. I was told that the CC would be cancelled and a new one issued, which was done. About a week ago, we received word that our request to open several different accounts with, Pacsun, Bill me Later and Victoria’s Secret had been denied…. of course we had not attempted to open these accounts.
    Yesterday, UPS delivered a package addressed to my wife which I signed for… upon opening it I found to my surprise a brand new Ipad. Checking with my CC info, no charges have been made.
    I guess my real question is, if I keep it (which I intend to do) what are the possible ramifications?
    I checked Equifax, nothing there, my CC has no charges against it and I have tried long and hard to identify the sender to no avail. Can I treat this as simply a stroke of luck on my behalf?
    The eclectic skeptic;
    Jack Jones

  2. Hey Jack,
    This sounds like a case of identity theft. There’s a couple things you could do:
    1. Call Apple and give them the product number/serial number for the iPad and the order number. This can help identify who bought and sent the iPad and if someone is using your cc or personal information.

    2. Consider checking your credit report with one of the other credit reporting agencies. Not all of these reports are the same and you might find something different on another report. But only check with one other so that in a few months you can check again with the third agency.

    Other than that, I would continue to keep a close eye on your bank statements and maybe consider adding an alert to your bank account/credit cards. These alerts can help immediately notify you should anything out of the norm occur.

    If you have any other questions please let us know.

    -Erin

  3. Jack Jones says:

    Thanks Erin, I think I’ve covered most of my bases, my question remains, who owns this thing? As I recall, possession is what? 90% of the law or something? I don’t have any particular use for this thing, but I have a grandaughter in High School that I’m sure would be ecstatic. I was able to determine that it was shipped from a Micro Drive address in Mira Loma Ca which seems to be some kind of Apple dropbox…. whatever that is.
    J

    1. Well, if you’ve done all that and haven’t been able to find out anything about who shipped it, than I would think it’s safe to say you just got yourself a free iPad.

      I would still keep a close eye on your bank statements and credit report, though. Because it does appear that people have tried to use your information to open credit cards.

      -Erin

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