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Fake ‘Waterproof iPhone’ Advert Tricks Users Into Destroying Their Handsets [BEWARE]

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A fake advertisement titled “Update to iOS 7 and become waterproof” circulating on social networks is claiming that users can make their iPhones waterproof by upgrading their device’s software, tricking users into destroying their phones, The Independent reports. The misleading ad is also accompanied by a mocked-up advert that closely resembles Apple’s official marketing (see below).

Fake ad

The fake ad states that in an emergency, a smart-switch will shut off the phone’s power supply and corresponding components to prevent any damage to your iPhone’s delicate circuitry. The spoof advert reportedly originated on the notorious online forum 4chan, which regularly undertakes campaigns that hijack social media in order to trick the public.

Users who believed the advert reportedly upgraded their iPhones and dunked the devices to test the feature, only to find that they had broken the expensive gadgets.

Some have taken to Twitter to vent their displeasure at being tricked. One user wrote “Ok whoever said IOS7 is waterproof GO F*** YOURSELF”.

The iOS 7 update was released by Apple last week and introduces many new features and a visual overhaul, but surely does not make the iPhones waterproof.

Update: This was a joke created by 4chan. They created the fake ad and also created fake accounts to send out tweets saying they had fallen for the ad.

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  • CandyCurl

    Stupid much?

  • CMfly

    I would like to believe the people claiming or complaining that they have ruined their phones are in fact joking. If not they deserve it. We can’t protect people from the world around them.

  • Ryan Banks

    HAHAHAHAHAHAH – If you fell for this, you deserve it! Unreal!

  • Sven L

    Can’t cure stupid…

  • FragilityG4

    And did you also hear that the next iOS update will make your phone able to control the Hubble Telescope …

  • My iPhone 5 is in a bag of rice after seeing this ad. FML.

  • El Cockblock

    BWAHAHAHAHA and “Whoever fell for this, F*** YOU TOO”. the creator replied…

  • Given how many people I see that read, accept as fact, and then worse yet, re-post utter and complete lies, garbage, and misinformation on Facebook….the fact that many people are so incredibly gullible as to fall for this doesn’t surprise me. At all.

  • Krakn3dfx

    The Magic of 4Chan.

  • Adam

    next iphone will able to cook dinner for us

    so put ur steak on top of ur phone!

  • Chrome262

    Amazing, see shit like this on FB all the time, don’t people look things up, the internet is real easy to use people. I am constantly posting links to snoops or others point out scams. So much so the level of BS has dropped lol

  • Magrat22

    Me too, drives me nuts. Most times people will just delete the post and then just do the same thing all over again with some other bogus ‘report’. Too much work to google these days it seems!!

  • Sadly true. 🙁

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