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SOME iPhone and Android users have recently been receiving alerts from what appears to be Apple Pay, although experts are warning that it is a scam to get their money.

There have been reports of people receiving text messages from Apple's mobile payment service informing them that their account has been suspended, per Yahoo! Finance.

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It then directs them to click on a provided link as the only solution to un-suspend their Apple Pay service.

Experts note that this kind of message should certainly not be trusted, and consumers should not give out any personal information or click the link.

In fact, there are a few key indicators that reveal the Apple Pay suspension text to be a scam according to Apple Support's official response to such texts.

1. The phone number isn't Apple's

The Apple Pay suspension message that is currently circling on various iPhones and Android devices appears to be from a random number.

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Usually, any Apple support or official contact from the company will show up with the company contact information, according to Apple Support.

This is an immediate red flag that users should watch for in any message that says they are Apple.

2. If you click the link, it doesn't take you to Apple's website

If iPhone and Android users happen to click the link anyways, it is advised to check and see if the address took you to Apple's website or not, per Yahoo! Finance.

This is another immediate warning sign that users should immediately recognize if they happen to go as far as clicking on the link in the Apple Pay suspension text.

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Again, if you've already clicked on the link and are investigating the message despite other initial warning signs, there should be one that stops you right then and there.

If the link asks you for your financial or personal information, it should be taken as an immediate warning sign to get out.

This is the goal of scamming, phishing, and smishing is — to get money and personal information from you.

"Phishing" is when scammers try to get personal information from users' social media and email accounts.

The Apple Pay suspension message is smishing — when scammers try to get personal information through texting and SMS, reports Yahoo! Finance.

4. Always contact Apple Customer Service if unsure

Apple recommends that for a situation like this, contacting their customer service or even reporting a possible scam message is the best avenue.

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They will be able to inform users right away if they sent them a message about their Apple Pay or confirm what's going on with their account in general.

Either way, the general advice from the tech giant is to be vigilant of the way messages like the Apple Pay suspension warning are presented.

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I tried Ring’s new security camera and it turned out to be very useful in a way I didn’t expect

SMART cameras are incredibly useful for home security - but of course you hope to never need them for an actual crime.

Less than a week into testing Ring's new Spotlight Cam Pro I had an actual unexpected intruder to test the kit on.

1Keeping a look out for foxes at night so they don't have a chance to start a nest

Foxes.

So, they might not rob me blind but they do scare off the cat and have managed to set up camp under the decking before now.

It was hard work getting rid of them then and I don't intend to repeat it.

Thanks to the Spotlight Cam Pro I was able to send them off before they had a chance to get comfortable.

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I was out when they first came sniffing about, so I set the siren off, which the Ring app allows you to do remotely.

Then I noticed my partner dash out not long after, and they ran away.

So, we can establish that the camera works well at detecting things - which is kind of a given, this is Ring after all, the leader in this stuff.

You get a notification on your smartphone whenever anything is detected.

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It rather handily captures a bit of "pre-roll" video as well as the "main event" as it were, so you get a good idea of what's going on.

Set up

One of the star features about the Spotlight Cam Pro is that it's available wirelessly.

There's a battery option or a solar powered version available.

We're using the battery one and so far so good after a couple of weeks running - long may it continue.

3D Motion Settings

Anyone who already has a video doorbell will probably know how annoying excessive alerts are for passing traffic and other unnecessary movements.

3D Motion Settings use radar sensors for better results.

When I first installed the Spotlight Cam Pro and didn't fully set up notifications, I was getting all sorts of pings for stuff I didn't need to know about.

But once I dabbled with the motion settings they became far more relevant.

Bird's Eye View might seem a bit detailed but is great extra peace of mind if you want to see the route the person or animal has taken - though this hasn't come in useful yet, thankfully.

Of course, you can draw zones too, which helps narrow what the camera detects even further.

1080p video

The video quality on the Spotlight Cam Pro is spot on at 1080p.

Delving in live I get a flawless view of what's going on.

Likewise, recorded videos come out beautifully.

The night vision works well enough, although it's black and white unlike the Floodlight Cam Wired Pro.

But there's a light if I want to expose anything.

Verdict

Ring has brought together the best of all its most recent products into a sound security device that doesn't necessarily need loads of ugly wiring.

I'm glad I'm no longer being pinged every so often thanks to the refining features.

The video quality is just right so you can't miss anything too.

It doesn't come cheap at £199.99 - and extra if you want to have extended video storage.

But you can't put a price on security, so if you need something a little more than your usual home camera, this is an option well worth considering.

All prices in this article were correct at the time of writing, but may have since changed.

Always do your own research before making any purchase.

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