iCloud Locked Email Scam: How It Works
Watch out for an iCloud Locked email scam call going around claiming to be from Apple Support. Crooks send random emails informing you that your iCloud has been compromised after being accessed in a few different places today. The subject lines are: “Apple ID alert” or “iCloud ID”. Alternatively, the perpetrators of the Apple Support email scam call may tell you that your account “has been breached”. Let’s see.
Here is how the iCloud scam works.
iCloud ID Scam: How To Avoid
The iCloud ID scam is not new. They will keep coming for the next few months, indeed. After the criminals get the victims to respond, they continue to provide fake proof that the iCloud ID activity has been flagged as suspicious.
“We have reasons to believe that your credentials have been used today in New York, London, and Paris. All of them happened this morning, so we decided to send you this email and let you know.”, the crook says.
If the victim bites the bait of the iCloud Locked Email scam, 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 ID to verify the user’s identity. Unfortunately, many people fall for this trick, giving criminals access to their accounts.
Think about it: if they contact you from Apple, they can access your account internally, anyway.
Watch the video below to see the Apple email scam exposed:
According to Apple, “scammers try to copy email and text messages from legitimate companies to trick you into giving them your personal information and passwords. These signs can help you identify scams:
- The sender’s email or phone doesn’t match the name of the company that it claims to be from.
- The email or phone they used to contact you is different from the one that you gave that company.
- A link in a message looks right, but the URL doesn’t match the company’s website.*
- The message looks significantly different from other messages that you’ve received from the company.
- The message requests personal information, like a credit card number or account password.
- The message is unsolicited and contains an attachment.”
How To Report the Fake Apple ID Alert
Warn your family and friends about the iCloud Locked Email scam call by sharing this article on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially do it to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
How To Prevent Identity Theft
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