If you are an Apple user you might receive phishing messages on your cell phone meant to trick you into handing over your Apple ID password and other pieces of personal information. This mobile message claims to come from Apple, urging you to immediately change your Apple ID password before it expires.
You are then directed to a legitimate-looking website – AppleIDLogin.co.uk, where you are asked to input your username and password. However, this is an unofficial Apple website so ignore it.
Victims are told their account has been locked for “security reasons,” and are directed to enter other personal information like address and credit card details, in order to “unlock” the account.
However, the problem is that the scammers appear nowadays as real as possible by using the recipient’s real name in the text message, Also, they’re making their name appear on the call display as ‘AppleInc’, using something named ‘Caller ID spoofing‘. This means that through a software they can change the name showing on your screen as whatever they want.
Watch the video below to see the Apple ID Expiration scam, explained:
How to avoid the Apple ID Expiration Text Message:
This scam used to be pulled only via email, but with the advancement of technology, it became more prevalent this month. Never send credit card information, account passwords, or extensive personal information” to anyone. Your Apple ID is just fine.
How to report the Apple ID Expiration Text Message scam:
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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