Email purporting to be from Apple Management claims that some of your information needs to be re-entered so that it can pass Apple’s ‘enhanced security policies’.
The email is not from Apple. It is a phishing scam designed to steal your Apple ID, your credit card numbers, and other sensitive personal information.
According to this email, which claims to be from Apple Management and includes the Apple logo, some of your account information needs to be re-entered for your protection. Supposedly, you must supply the information so that your account will pass Apple’s advanced security policies. The email includes a ‘Continue’ link that you can click to begin the process.
However, the email is certainly not from Apple, and the claim that you must re-enter your information is untrue. Instead, the email is a phishing scam designed to steal your personal and financial information.
If you click the link in the scam email, you will be taken to a fraudulent webpage that has been designed to closely emulate the genuine Apple website. Once on the fake site, you will be asked to login with your Apple ID. After logging in, you will be taken to a fake form that asks you to ‘re-enter’ your credit card numbers, name and contact details, and other identifying information.
After you complete the form, you will be automatically redirected back to the real Apple website and may believe that you have now successfully ‘passed’ the company’s security requirements.
Meanwhile, however, the criminals who sent out the scam email can collect all of the information you supplied and use it to hijack your Apple account and commit credit card fraud and identity theft.
Apple phishing scams are very common. Be wary of any email that claims that you must click a link or open an attachment to update account details or deal with a supposed account problem. It is always best to login to your Apple account – or any other online account – by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via an official app.
The Apple website includes information about recognising and reporting phishing scams like this one.
Last updated: June 29, 2016
First published: June 29, 2016
By Brett M. Christensen