Safari alert scam; Am I being watched and can I plug my phone into my computer?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Rackyack m, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. Rackyack m macrumors newbie

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    I got a pop up on my IPhone 6s saying
    I know this is a scam and I know not to call the number but I heard the hacker wants you to plug your phone into your computer so he can steal your information but I didn't call so can I plug my phone into my computer or can I never do that again? I also want to know if the hackers are watching me through the iPhone camera. What information of me do they have? Please help (I already figured out how to get rid of the pop up)
     

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  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    It's just a web pop-up and nothing else. Nothing changed or is going on with the device itself nor can anything take information or connect to your computer or anything like that. (This is assuming your device isn't jailbroken and you didn't install something that might be questionable on it.)

    Basically similar to another ongoing thread at http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/iphone-malware-need-help.1960358/
     
  3. Rackyack m thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I hope you're right
     
  4. Phil A. Moderator

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    They are - it's just a JavaScript pop-up designed to scare you
     
  5. Rackyack m thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But the other guy said they're not
     
  6. Phil A. Moderator

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    No, my reply was to your comment "I hope you're right" - I was reiterating what they had said about it being harmless. Sorry if I confused you
     
  7. iThingsGurl macrumors 6502a

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    These type of pop-ups have become quite prevalent lately. Another pop-up I have encountered won't let me close the tab and I have to clear the browser's data. I hope they do something about these pop-ups.
     
  8. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Content blockers seem to be one potential solutions it seems.
     
  9. iThingsGurl macrumors 6502a

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    Yes and I love them on all my other devices except the iPad 4, which isn't compatible for content blockers unfortunately.
     
  10. Rackyack m thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How do you use content blockers?
     
  11. C DM macrumors Westmere

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