Whenever Apple introduces a new iPhone, scammers go on a domain registration spree in hopes of fooling consumer into pre-order the phone on their sites. While you or I might not fall for a scam like this since, well, we pay attention to domain names more than most – an amazing amount of people get scammed every year, and the domains are at the core of the scam.
“Malicious domains related to iPhones make it easy for consumers to fall afoul of a spoofed website,” says Tim Helming, director of product management at DomainTools. (Source – Forbes)
Some of the most common domains that are likely to be registered are things like <keyword>iPhoneXs.com or iPhoneXs<keyword>.com. and of course the same pattern but with the XR. It’s next-to-impossible for Apple to prevent this, even with defensive domain registrations that are just too many combinations.
Of course, Apple has a Trademark on iPhone and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see a slew of UDRPs to follow. For now, tell your less tech-savvy friends and family not to buy their new iPhoneXR on www.iPhoneXR4Less.com.
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