With the new iPhoneXS and iPhone XR comes a slew of new domain scams


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.

Feel free to share any scammy iPhone sites you find in the comment section below.

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  • Bob McGough September 12, 2018, 9:41 pm

    Some recollections about the (R) tm for the iPhone. I was with Cisco Systems (now just called Cisco) when Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone. I wasn’t involved with this process, but heard about it from the lips of the Cisco CEO, John Chambers. According to John, Steve knew that the combined word was already owned by Cisco, but nevertheless he announced the product.

    Steve and John had a cordial phone call on the evening of the announcement. Using his WV charm and refined selling skills, John wasn’t cornered by Steve, but sketched out the framework for an agreement right then.

    Cisco’s CTO settled with Apple on the licensing fine print, which did get a bit ugly over the next few years. But when all was said and done, the agreement was close to John’s initial proposal.

    Some history: In 1998, Cisco purchased a company that had owned the (R) TM on “iPhone” since 1996. (Add that to your list of how to name a product — just buy the company).

    To this day, the owner of the trademark continues to be Cisco — and Apple licenses it for a unit cost on each and every iPhone ever sold. Fanboy journalists reported that Steve Jobs had steamrolled Cisco, not realizing that the payment to Cisco for each iPhone (R) tm license is substantial and is in perpetuity.

  • Bobby September 12, 2018, 9:57 pm

    That is a great write-up on the Iphone Bob.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Eugene Fraxby September 13, 2018, 8:53 am

    @Bob M At work I used to have a Cisco iPhone desk phone. Always good to see someone else pointing out that Cisco had the TM before Apple as usually people just look at me blankly when I tell them I once used an iPhone before Apple had one 🙂 .


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