It has been about a week since Apple’s iPhone 13 event took place and we’re sure that leading up to the event, many were trying to figure out how to watch it online. A quick Google search would have pulled up the answers, but unfortunately for some, they found their answers elsewhere, which ultimately led to them being scammed.
According to Zscaler’s report, the bitcoin scammers had actually created a website to mimic Apple’s website that they then embedded with old interviews with Apple’s CEO Tim Cook. It then displayed a message saying that Apple was apparently giving away 1,000 bitcoin and that to participate, users had to send their own bitcoin.
Basically, it promised that for every bitcoin that the victim sent, they would get double of it back, and apparently it was convincing enough where the scammers actually managed to make away with $69,000 worth of bitcoin.
As AppleInsider notes, there are some mistakes on the website that should have given away that something’s not right, but we suppose unless you’re looking out for a scam, it is possible that some people could have missed these clues. We’re not sure if they will be able to get their stolen bitcoin back, but hopefully people will be more careful in the future about the websites they visit and these types of online “offers”.