If you use Chrome as your iPhone browser, you need to be aware of a nasty malicious advertising bug by eGobbler which has so far hijacked more than 500 million user sessions. The bug allows malicious advertising, adverts that look legitimate but redirect users to phishing sites or malicious content. The bug bypasses your normal pop-up blocker and leaves you very vulnerable to identity theft or the possibility of downloading malware. As yet Google have not released a security patch for this bug and users need to be vigilant.
IF YOU USE CHROME ON YOUR IPHONE AVOID CLICKING ON ANY POP-UPS UNTIL THIS BUG HAS BEEN FIXED
Tips and Advice
- How’s the grammar/spelling? – Fraudsters’ messages are certainly showing signs of better grammar but a lot of them are still quite poor, in this example we have seen “Attention, number of rewards are limited” should be “Attention, the number of rewards is limited”
- Look out for the security patch/update – Google and iOS will provide a patch soon
- What to do if you have already clicked – If you handed over any personal or financial details see below
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Report it – If you receive a fake Facebook post report it using this link
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use theironline fraud reporting tool
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