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18 April 2016, 16:56
iPhone users are receiving a message from 'Apple inc' claiming that their iCloud account is due to expire.
Scammers are tricking people into clicking the link and handing over their personal details.
The text message reads: "[Name] Your Apple ID is due to be expire today. Prevent this by confirming your Apple ID at [link] - Apple Inc."
The link leads users to a rather similar looking website to Apple's own and asks for personal details.
Apple have since said on Twitter that they'll never ask for personal information via text or email.
The original report about this came from a thread in the Apple subreddit, and redditors there shared their thoughts about this latest attempt to scam them:
TangoHotel: “Just out of curiosity, I went to their website. I signed in with a fake account and password and was shown a prompt saying “your account has been locked for security purposes” then asked to verify my account by filling out everything from name and address all the way to credit/debit card information (I used a credit card number generator).
It even asked to set a “security question” that had “mother’s maiden name” “passport number” “driver’s license number” as options. After filling everything out, it “processed” then said that I’d be signed out and have to log back in. Then it sent me to the legit Apple iCloud login (green characters in the address bar).”
HeadHunta: “Damn man, that’s pretty elaborate stuff. It’s easy to see how someone could fall for that and think all is well when they’re redirected to the legit apple page and log in like everything is fine.”
So there we have it, if you get a text, simply delete it, no matter how realistic it looks!
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