(PIX11) — An online hoax is fooling iPhone users into microwaving their phones for a quick and easy charge.
The “Wave” is being advertised as an iOS 8 exclusive. The phoney ad says “Wave allows your device to be charged wirelessly through microwave frequencies. Wave can be used to quickly charge your device’s battery using any standard home microwave.” It continues to say a minute and a half in the microwave is all iOS 8 users need to charge their phones.
The fake ad is designed similarly to Apple’s website. It also includes “© 2014 Apple Inc. All rights reserved” on the bottom, making it appear even more authentic.
Several iPhone users have gone to social media to post images of microwaved phones. The same users also warn people not to fall for the hoax.
…just in case any of y’all are as gullible as me, DO NOT MICROWAVE YOUR IPHONE pic.twitter.com/TV1JKtT7hQ
— lorena terroba (@lore1306) September 18, 2014
DO NOT TRY THE WAVE THING FOR IOS8!!! pic.twitter.com/g0N2ENJnrv
— Bryan Kim (@bryankim23) September 18, 2014
— nick (@Fallenbot) September 18, 2014
Apple released the iOS 8 upgrade Sept. 17. It is unclear how many people fell victim to the fake ad, but the Los Angeles Police Department issued a warning Tuesday confirming the “Wave capability” is indeed a hoax.
— LAPD Communications (@911LAPD) September 23, 2014