iPhone users, be careful with the text asking you to change your Apple ID because that can be a new phishing scam text asking for personal information.
The scam tricks users with an urgent message to change their ID before it expires, which appears to be sent by the Apple. Then it pushes customers to click on the mentioned link, taking them to a look-alike Apple site, asking for usernames and passwords.
“On the surface, the e-mail may appear to be a legitimate company or individual, but it’s not. As a general rule, never send credit card information, account passwords, or extensive personal information in an email unless you verify that the recipient is who they claim to be,” advises Apple Inc.
In the next step, users are notified that their account has been blocked due to some “security reasons.” Now in order to recover IDs, they are being directed to fill up additional information like bank account details and address.
Now, what ? You are totally screwed.
According to CBS, the scam targets iCloud information. The message looks like “ Apple iCloud is due to be deactivated today. Please sign in and confirm your details.”
“You can tell this is a bogus website just, for one, there’s an IP address and it doesn’t say Apple.com,” said Christopher with Wilton’s Tech Support.
According to CNN, users should closely check the domain of the website. If the phishing text shows links like AppleExpired.co.uk or AppleIDLogin.co.uk, that means you are a step away from being scammed.
These carefully calibrated messages should be deleted right away. And it’s better to consult the original Apple site.
“ Of course, the scammers have chosen their words carefully – making the message appear urgent to encourage as many people as possible to click on the link without properly considering the potential pitfalls,” said Graham Cluley in a blog.