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Big Fake Jailbreak Scam For iOS 5 Hits The Web


A huge iOS 5 Jailbreak scam went out early this morning hitting dozens of auto reposting news sites across multiple sources offering an “iOS 5 jailbreak” solution. Several hours after the news, many sites pulled it, but PRWeb and some others like the San Francisco Chronicle got duped by their reposting service and are listing the scam.

We have all been itching to jailbreak our iOS 5 devices, and to take our money and run is fraud, plain and simple. The guys at GhostApp blasted out a release about their iOS 5 jailbreak service for any iOS device: the iPhone 4S, iPad 1, and iPhone 4 too. They claim this will provide an untethered jailbreak to any iDevice except for the iPad 2. So in order to protect everyone out there, we shelled out the $25 that the UK company with a US owned domain wanted. They then gave us login details for us to access this so called jailbreak. So we logged in and to our surprise all the links to the iOS 5 jailbreak were inactive. It’s a good front, but not good enough.

The company claimed the untethered jailbreak is based on the i0n1c untethered exploit and it has been tested by GhostApp.org’s MuscleNerd. The fake unlock sites we have identified are unlockiphone-4s.net, how2unlockiphones.com and ghostapp.org. If you find others, please list them in the comments.

“UnlockuriPhone.com makes no express or implied warranties of any kind relating to the provision of information or service on or by this site ” is how one company tries to justify their actions.  We assume they are looking for quick press and then getting the jailbreak info up within the next few days or eventually when it’s released.  That’s at least what it looks like considering the other jailbreak solutions are just how to guides using third party software that really are other people’s work that they are charging for.

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  • http://twitter.com/madmoose123 Ashley L. Lauer

    You should never have to pay for a jailbreak. The dev-team even gets pissy over donation buttons. A good rule of thumb is if you have to pay for the jailbreak… it’s a scam. Period. End. Of. Story. kthanksby.

  • randomdude

    yes, many people who jailbreak are not that geeky to realise.
    These scammers can still make money :((

  • Damian

    Really I’d hope that they spend just a little time on line to realise that this a scam I’d be surprised if they have
    made a penny! And I do hope that they haven’t

  • Ron

    I have to admit, I was so excited at the thought that I paid for this, and found two charges on my card.  Even though ive unlocked iphones before I was blinded by the desire to have this ‘now’.  :(  stupid me.  Do not EVER trust these kind of sites.  Stick to what you know, wait for it to come out and then get it and install.

  • William

    I think most people who JB their devices are smarter then that. It is a free tool and always has been….

    • Stu

      You would be surprised.  Most people who jailbreak don’t understand it at all and are complete idiots when it comes to software and computers…

    • Jimmy Sullivan

      maybe people who are new to jailbreaking but not old users, i think this is what willi meant.

    • randomdude

      Yup, i agree. Many people i know who jb are real twits (not naming anyone here!)