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“Problem With Your Apple ID” Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Last updated on July 17, 2017

Outline:
Email purporting to be from Apple Support claims that there is a problem with your Apple ID and, therefore, you must click a link to verify your account.


Analysis:
The email is not from Apple. And, your account will not be “disable” if you don’t click the verify link. In fact, the email is a phishing scam that is designed to trick you into giving your personal and financial information to criminals.

If you do click the link, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that has been built to look like a genuine Apple login page.  After you have entered your account credentials on the fake login page,  a bogus account confirmation form will load in your browser. The form will ask for your credit card numbers, your name and address, and other identifying information.

The criminals can collect all of the information you supply on the fake website and use it to hijack your Apple account and commit fraudulent transactions. If they have gathered enough of your personal and financial information, they may also be able to steal your identity.

Apple phishing scams like this one are very common.  An article on the Apple website explains how to recognise and report such scam attempts.


Example:
Dear Client,We’ve noticed that some of your account informations
appears to be missing or incorrect,Your Apple ID will be disable until we receive respond from you.We need to verify your account informations in order to continue using your Apple IDPleaseVerify your account informationsConfrim My AccountIf you didn’t make this change or if you believe
an unauthorized person is attempting to access your account,
you can reset your password by going to your account.Apple Support

Problem With Your Apple ID Phishing Scam




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