“Chance To Win The New iPad Pro” scam refers to a phishing campaign that tries to trick users into revealing their personal information by promising an iPad Pro. Users get redirected to websites displaying these types of scams when browsing high-risk websites or by an adware infection on their computers. The scam claims that if users sign up for a trial for a service called “lovedates”, they will get a chance to win a new iPad Pro. In reality, malicious actors operating this scam are trying to phish users’ personal information and trick them into signing up for services that would be difficult to unsubscribe from.
“Get a chance to win the brand new iPad Pro, included in the lovedates Trial”, is what this phishing campaign says. If you click on “Claim my iPad Pro now”, you will first be asked to type your personal information (full name, phone number, and address), and then your payment card information. It goes without saying that this is nothing more than a scam, an attempt to steal your personal information.
It’s technically classified as a giveaway scam, and they’re incredibly common. Keep in mind that every single “you have won a prize”, “you have a chance of winning”, etc., alert you come across while browsing will be a scam. Legitimate giveaways are not hosted this way. And if a company were to do one, it would be announced via legitimate channels, not on random websites.
If you typed in your information, you essentially gave it away to malicious actors. They will either use it themselves to perform more sophisticated scams on you or they’ll sell it to other malicious actors on hacker forums. The biggest issue would be if you revealed your payment card information. Having that information would allow malicious actors to make unauthorized purchases. This is why it’s essential that you immediately contact your bank to cancel the card.
Why are you redirected to this scam?
When visiting high-risk websites, users can get redirected to all kinds of questionable websites displaying scams. Because of the advertisements they subject users to, some websites are regarded as high-risk. Websites with pornographic or pirated content are usually considered to be high-risk because of this. Visitors of those websites are usually always exposed to dubious advertisements and scams. But a reliable adblocker program can help block such ads and redirects.
Your computer may be infected with adware or a similar infection if you find yourself being randomly redirected even when browsing safe websites. Since adware and browser hijackers don’t harm the computer directly, they aren’t considered to be particularly dangerous infections. However, they can be very annoying to deal with. Because these infections are installed using the software bundling method, many users aren’t even aware of their installations. Adware, browser hijackers, and other similar infections are added to free software as extra offers. Although the additional offers are optional, they are automatically set to install alongside without needing further authorization. In order to prevent users from deselecting the offers, they are also initially hidden.
Adware and similar infections can be avoided if you install free programs correctly. You must select Advanced (Custom) settings when installing free software. Using Default settings is recommended by the installation window but if you follow this advice, all added offers will install without your knowledge. In Advanced settings, on the other hand, not only will the offers be made visible, but you will also get the option to deselect all of them. All you need to do is uncheck the boxes if Advanced settings indicate that something has been added. Although they may appear useful at first glance, we usually advise deselecting all offers because they will merely take up space on your computer. Because of how persistent these additional offers might be, it is much simpler to stop them from installing in the very beginning.
“Chance To Win The New iPad Pro” scam removal
If you get randomly redirected, we recommend running an anti-virus scan on your computer to rule out any adware infections as the cause. Anti-virus software makes finding and getting rid of infections on your computer much easier. Once the adware has been removed, the redirects, as well as other intrusive ads will stop. We also recommend you install an adblocker program to block these kinds of redirects, especially when browsing high-risk websites.
If you have fallen for this scam and revealed your personal information, as well as have purchased a subscription, you need to contact your bank immediately. Explain the situation and have your payment card canceled in order to prevent malicious actors from stealing your money. You also need to be extra careful in the future because if malicious actors have your personal information, they may try to perform more sophisticated scams on you.