According to this email, which purports to be from Apple, your Apple ID was locked for security reasons.
It claims that it is “imperative to perform a verification of your account information details”. It warns that if you do not click the link to verify as instructed, your account will be permanently locked.
However, the email is not from Apple and the claim that you must follow the link to verify your account is untrue. In fact, the email is a typical phishing scam designed to steal your Apple ID and other sensitive personal and financial information.
Clicking the link loads a fraudulent website in your browser. The fake site has been built so that it looks like it is part of the official Apple website.
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After submitting the fake verification form, you will automatically be redirected to the genuine Apple website.
Criminals can now harvest all of the information that you supplied and use it to hijack your Apple account, commit fraudulent transactions with your credit card, and attempt to steal your identity.
Keep in mind that, if you or another person enters incorrect login details too many times, Apple may indeed lock your account for security reasons. However, you will be informed about this via a notification when you attempt to log in.
Apple will never send you a generic email demanding that you click a link to update your account information.
A screenshot of the scam email:
Since you’ve read this far……can I ask you for a big favour?
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