Text messages from an unknown number soliciting cooperation in beta testing the iPhone 5 have spread on the internet lately. However, the messages are totally false.
The text claims that Apple is seeking 1,000 testers for text messaging on the iPhone 5.
Unsolicited texts and posts on social-networking sites quickly spread on the net starting earlier this month.
“Apple needs iPhone5 testers:The first 1000 users who visit http://celltestnkeep.com and enter code 1000 will get to test & keep the new iPhone5,” the text read.
Apparently, the messages are a hoax meant to generate traffic to websites that have no connection with the iPhone 5 or Apple.
By accessing http://celltestnkeep.com, the user is redirected to onlinetechrewards.com where an iPhone 5 banner requests the email for the beta testing program.
This way, personal information is sold to spammers and other criminal organizations.
AT&T is advising its users to contact Apple if they receive such a message. In addition, users can also report the spam at www.donotcall.gov.