This seemingly innocent scam is doing the rounds online and it could be coming to you

A new online prank is making its way around the internet and its wreaking havoc on thousands of phones and iPads. The
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A new online prank is making its way around the internet and its wreaking havoc on thousands of phones and iPads. The link, appearing as crashsafari.com, has been sent to thousands of people who are clicking on it only to find their phone or device quickly starts to break down. The link triggers a chain reaction within your phone, which quickly over-heats as it tries to deal with the virus. Eventually, your phone will be forced to reboot, meaning you could lose any unsaved data in your apps.

Clicking the link while on a desktop computer can also be dangerous and will cause the Safari browser on a Mac computer to stop responding. Some people have also started disguising the link by using a ‘link shortener’. This changes the appearance of the link so people aren’t even aware of what they are clicking into. They then place the link next to a prize or special offer to entice people to click into it.

The best way to avoid the virus? Don’t click links titled crashsafari.com and be careful about opening links from people you don’t know, whether it’s in a text or email.

Have you ever been the victim of an online scam? Have you been sent this link before?

  1. Robert Hind

    Just for Starts at 60 – Just so I don’t get told off again for picking fault 🙂
    “and its wrecking havoc ” in the article – surely you meant “wreaking havoc”

    • Robert Hind

      Richard-Sylvia Gabriel – was that “Picky picky 🙂 ” or “Picky picky – serious” ? If the latter, Richard-Sylvia, please note that the comment was only to SAS and was not intended for you. If the former then yes definitely picky to provide SAS with additional proof reading for their articles.

    • Robert Hind

      Marita Duncan Perhaps that is because SAS has corrected it following my original comment one hour ago ?

    • Gail Mathieson

      Yes, Starts @ 60 were quick to correct that mistake.

      Go one step further:- In that same sentence, it should read “…it’s wreaking havoc…”, not “…its wreaking havoc…”. O:)

      Now-a-days, this is a very common mistake that people are making. The apostrophe replaces the missing letter – in this instance, the apostrophe is replacing the “i”, as in:- it is.

    • Jan Jones

      Robert Hind I can see that you don’t get texts from the young ones of today, they all shorten there words, it is a wonder they can spell at all. But then they probably don’t even care. I guess this is for over 60. Here is another challenge for you then…….. How many of you do unders and overs when you get your groceries. If you are good at it you can come up within $2 of the till receipt. We do it all the time just as a challenge, then you don’t have to check your receipt.

      • Terri Rice  

        Jan – just one note re your input – you put ” there” when it should have been ” their”.
        With regard to your further comment on bill checking – have done this all my life – mind like a calculator!! – enjoy it as well, just goes to show that there’s still life in those old brain cells doesn’t it ?

  2. Linda Carley

    Using the word ‘prank’ immediately puts this nasty scam into a lesser, almost childlike ‘trick’ type of category. It isn’t appropriate at all.

    • Maureen Hogan

      So true. A “prank” is an essentially harmless, if annoying trick. There is nothing harmless about ruining people’s property

    • Judy Green

      No, it doesn’t, Lyn. It merely says the identification is crashsafari.com. Are they offering me a free trip to the moon, a month in Richard Branson’s luxury holiday villa in the Caribbean? What’s the teaser from the scam artists that would make me want to open their link?

  3. Lynette Gleeson

    We have been getting up to 25 hoax or scam emails for making money or vouchers won for Coles, Bunnings etc. totally sick of them!

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