I know that I am just being paranoid, but are there any specific precautions that I can take to ensure that I am completely secure? Restoring to original setting then restoring from my backup? Encrypting my backup? Anything like that? Also, should I continue to have private browsing turned on? Thank you very much for your help!!
Received a text from (201) 912-9046 around 12:30 a.m. on April 2, 2012.
"Apple is looking for people to Test & Keep the New iPad 3! But only the 1st 1000 users that goto ____(website)____ and enter code BETA will Receive it!"
I actually assumed I had been spammed via Google Plus, as the telephone number was extremely similar to the messages I have received from Google Plus' SMS Notification service.
I did not attempt to visit the site. A general rule of thumb, is that if you ever receive a message about an Apple product, mobile phone, or weight loss; it is generally a serious scam. Don't visit the site.
ALSO, if you actually Google the term "Apple is looking for people to Test & Keep the New iPad 3! But only the 1st 1000 users," you will receive MANY results... from COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PHONE NUMBERS. All 201 area code--New Jersey.
I actually wonder if the spam is coming from the carrier. I use Verizon Wireless. This sounds like something Verizon would do.
Carrier: Verizon Wireless
Service: Mobile Telephone
Communicated: ASCII/Unicode (plain text) SMS Message, No attachments.
My Location: Omaha, Nebraska, USA