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Ransomware scam hits phones and tablets. Here's how to beat it in 15 seconds

Ransomware scam hits phones and tablets. Here's how to beat it in 15 seconds
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I've warned you all about ransomware scams in the past. Ransomware takes over your computer, phone or tablet and locks it until you pay the hacker a ransom. A new scam, dubbed the iScam, is attacking iPhones and iPads and holding them hostage for $80.

Lucky for you, there's an easy fix that will take you 15 seconds or less.

The iScam message first appears when users are in the midst of using the Internet search engine Safari. The pop-up will tell you that your gadget has been locked because a third-party has accessed information on your Apple gear and gives you two toll-free numbers to call.

When you call the numbers, a scam artist will ask you for your credit card information so they can charge you for removing the "third party." This is all a hoax, don't fall for it!

Con artists freeze Apple s iPad and iPhone internet browsers and demand £50 Daily Mail Online

Instead, when you see a pop-up like the one above, go to your settings and enable airplane mode. This will cut all connections with Wi-Fi and cellular services. Now, you need to remove browsing history on your Safari app.

To do this, go to Settings >> Safari >> Clear history. Turn airplane mode off and reopen Safari - you should be good to go.

If this has happened to you, share your story in the comments section below. Did you figure your way out of it or were you stuck shoveling over the $80?

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Source: Daily Mail
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