Apple iCloud Scam Call: How It Works
Watch out for a fake Apple iCloud scam call going around – the fake iCloud Breach – claiming to be from Apple Support. Cybercriminals call random numbers saying that your iCloud has been compromised after being accessed in two or three different places in the last 24 hours. Alternatively, the perpetrators of the Apple iCloud scam call may tell you that your account “has been breached”. Let’s take a look.
Here is how the scam works, so rest assured the fake Apple Support advisor is not from the real company.
What is worse is that criminals use Caller ID spoofing to make your phone display show the “Apple Store” or any variation of Apple’s Customer Service words. See the screenshot above of how convincing the call may be for some users.
iCloud Account Breach Scam: How To Avoid
The Apple scam calls are not new. They will keep coming for years, indeed. After the caller gets in touch with the potential victims, he informs them that their iCloud activity has been flagged as suspicious. “We have reasons to believe that your credentials have been used today in Texas, Manchester, Toronto, and New Zealand. All of them happened this morning, so we decided to give you a call and let you know.”, the caller says.
If the victim bites the bait, scammers proceed to ask for their Apple ID, so they can log in and pretend to block the account from future compromised activity. Or, they may say they need the iCloud credentials to verify the user’s identity. Unfortunately, many people fall for this trick, giving criminals access to their accounts.
Think about it: if they call you from Apple, they can access your account internally, anyway.
Since we are on the topic of scams using the Apple brand, beware of the iPhone calendar virus going around these days.
Apple Scam Phone Numbers: iCloud Breach Reports
Some of the phone numbers that have been reported for the Apple iCloud scam call are the following: 1 (617) 337-2893, 1 (715) 828-1467, 1 (408) 996-1010, 1 (818) 477-1010, and 1 (669) 888-0264. Feel free to report any as well, if you have experienced any Apple support scam calls. Please use the Comments section at the bottom of this article.
iCloud Scam Call: How To Report
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How To Prevent Identity Theft and More
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