Apple iScam: how to avoid £50 ‘fix’ for fake iPhone crash

The trick is said to have been around in the US for months and has now spread to the UK, with people being charged up to £50 to restore their phones and data privacy.

A “crash report” pops up in Safari, the default web browser for iOS devices, with a message such as: “Warning iOS Crash Report – Due to a third party application in your phone, iOS crashed. Contact support for an immediate fix.” UK users are told to contact an 0800 number, which puts them through to someone who will “solve” the issue. Apple users have said they were then asked to provide credit card details to pay between £30 and £50 to stop a “third party” allegedly removing details from their handset.