Many of us will have received a text similar to this:
No doubt, the apple.?. ? subdomain would match the TLD of your cell provider so it could be .com or .co.uk, etc. That would be my guess, since my carrier is dot ca.Congratulations, your number made Apple's winner Go To
http://apple.ca.wstw.cc and enter 4043 to claim your Apple Product!
The guys at the other end of this spoofed URL? Ziinga. They're obviously using every tactic in the play book, and being nicely tucked away on the British Virgin Islands makes them unreachable to pretty well everyone except those with very deep pockets. Using the texting tactic is sheer bottom feeding.
Only two months old and already 184,000 results on their posted phone number. Nearly every result points to a complaint or incident report site. 2200 hits on 'pissedconsumer', alone.
Report these people to your cell provider (611 worked for me, but like all corporate phone lines, they wade you through all the options, whereby I just went straight to technical and let them make a note on the system). They might tell you to text back, 'STOP,' but that would be pointless, imo, as it would only confirm your's as a hot number, and it would end up in a database somewhere, awaiting future attacks.
We could also block their number, but numbers are cheap when you're in the game like these folks are.
Only thing left to do is delete the message. This does nothing. The tactic will still live on, reeling in the suckers with the least to lose, they obviously can't walk into an Apple Store, which is why they would be piqued by "claim your Apple Product."
Anyway, the writing is on the wall for these guys. They're definitely not the next eBay.