Phishing or Fake Contest Scam? If it sounds too good to be true… it probably is!

Trying to reel in the people
Trying to reel in the people

THUNDER BAY – Scams and phishing efforts, along with all the ways some people go to separate you from your identification or from your money can be very creative.

Here is a case where an apparent scam seeks to entice you to join an iPhone 12 beta testing program. You sign up, choose your iPhone 12 and pay a mere $1.99.

“If it sounds too good… it probably is”

We all get them. E-mails that promise wealth. Ads on websites that assure great products at unbelievable prices.

Often what is happening though are people are seeking to get you to give them your personal information, banking details, or other information.

There are countless examples of people getting scammed.

Recently, an email was circulating offering a beta test of a new Apple Product. The iPhone 12 was the bait. The website took one to a site alleging to be Best Buy.

Email Scam
The email promises a beta test of an iPhone 12 Max

However, once you looked more carefully, you could see that there was a lot of confusion being played on.

This particular effort was not a beta test like it claimed, it was a membership to a club that would cost initially $1.99us and then 28.99 EUROs per month until you canceled your subscription. That is about $45 CDN monthly.

Very misleading.

The iPhone 12 Max was actually a sweepstake, not a beta test.

It’s all in the fine print.

7 days trial subscription to for USD 1.99, if you continue your subscription after the trial period we will automatically bill your card for the monthly fee of EUR 28.99 per month until you cancel your subscription. You will have access to the services as long as your subscription is active. 24/7 customer support is available by phone and email. Just contact us at

APPLE iPHONE 12 PRO MAX SWEEPSTAKES ABBREVIATED RULES: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited and outside US. Open to legal residents of the 50 US (and DC) who are 18 yrs+ (19 yrs+ in AL and NE, 21 yrs+ in MS) at entry. Sweepstakes begins 12:00 AM PST on April 1 and ends 11:59 PM PST on June 30. 2 ways to enter: (a) sign up for a 2 day trial subscription of and pay USD 1.99 (if you do not cancel, you will be billed EUR 28.99/month until you cancel), or (b) send an email with your first and last name to with the subject line ” Apple iPhone Pro Max”. Prize: $999 Apple iPhone Pro Max. Total ARV of prize: $999. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. For complete rules and eligibility requirements click here. This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with iPhone.

The key here, as in all of the “Special Offers” that arrive in your email box is to always remember… “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.

Caveat Emptor – Buyer beware is important to always remember too.

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