watch out for this email that promises a free iPhone 13, it wants to steal your bank details!

Exclusive: a reader has just alerted us to a phishing attempt involving SFR. Through an email, we explain to him that he has accumulated enough points to qualify for a free smartphone, and not the least. By agreeing to convert the points collected, he is then offered to receive an iPhone 13 free of charge. This is a scam that aims to extract his personal information from the victim and empty his bank account.

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If you have recently received an email from SFR, you may have been the victim of a phishing attempt. In a message pretending to be the operator, hackers try to steal your personal information, whether it is your physical address, your first and last names or your email address, but also your bank details.

It all starts with an iPhone 13 story that you could enjoy almost immediately. An email from SFR indeed offers youget apple smartphone for free. For the moment, there is nothing surprising about this: after all, operators have a habit of offering the latest smartphones at ridiculous prices, even at 0 euros. Under cover of course to change plan and commit to 12 or 24 months.

SFR Phishing Alert

But here, the smartphone is waiting for you in your “Customer Space”. Good news therefore, since the smartphone has already arrived and you do not have to take out a new subscription. SFR’s email informs you that you can have the latest Apple smartphone in exchange for 40,350 points. Which is rather good, since in the same email, the operator specifies that you have 42,750 points to use, as shown in the screenshot above. But we will have to act quickly, because this offer is only valid for 3 days.

No, SFR does not offer iPhone 13 to its subscribers who have accumulated points

By clicking on the link provided in the email, you arrive on a page in SFR’s colors. There, we are spoiled for choice: a iPhone 13 Pro, a Galaxy S21+, a iPad Pro and even a MacBook Pro. Each device is displayed at 0.00 € instead of 1100, 1159 or 1449 € depending on the model you choose. An iPhone 13 at 0 €, who would have believed it? It is hardly if we notice delivery costs set at € 1.95. But it is through this entry point that the crooks behind this bogus page will try to scam their victims.

At the bottom, a counter indicates that there are less than 6 minutes and 30 minutes before the offer expires (don’t worry, the counter restarts automatically after the allotted time). And even lower, we notice some reviews from so-called users, opinions which are obviously positive: “Thought it was a scam, but I really just got an iPhone this morning. An original, without any scam. I answered the questionnaire with the name of my girlfriend and my mother, sometimes it works again, hahaha“.

SFR Phishing Alert

Once the device model has been selected, you end up with a second page, hosted on another URL. You must then choose the color of your smartphone, then enter your personal details: first name, last name, e-mail and telephone. Below, it is all the technical sheet of the iPhone 13 that we find, as well as the logos of Truste, VeriSign and McAfee. Obviously, the presence of the latter is not legitimate.

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Do not enter your bank details to pay the shipping costs of € 1.95

As you can imagine, it is on the last page that things really go wrong: under the pretext of making you pay the shipping costs of € 1.95, the site asks you to enter your bank details. Like any self-respecting phishing attempt, the information transmitted to the site will not be encrypted and will be transmitted unencrypted to the hacker, who will then have every opportunity to use it to empty your bank account.

SFR Phishing Alert

Needless to say, you should be wary if you currently receive an email from SFR promising you a phone, PC or tablet at more than 1000 euros. No, you have not accumulated points allowing you to acquire this type of expensive equipment, it is a scam. Be all the more vigilant that at the time of writing these lines, neither of the two sites that try to scam internet users has been blocked yet by the different browsers we tested (Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari).

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