How to Protect Yourself from Apple ID Phishing Scam
Everyone knew there was going to be a time when even the internet was going to be unsafe, but no one thought it would be so soon and with all the phishing scams, anyone could be the next victim, and this time it was Apple’s turn with the Apple ID’s. Learn how to protect yourself from Apple ID phishing scam before you become their victim.
What is a phishing scam?
A phishing scam is an attack where some evil bad guys dressed up as an important Company, in this case Apple, pretend to be concerned about your security. More precisely, it’s an e-mail with a seeming “formal communication” saying that your Apple ID or iCloud is temporarily suspended and in order to restore it you need to go to a link that’s within that e-mail and it will lead you to Apple’s website.
But that’s the catch!
It isn’t Apple’s website and they basically just take advantage of your concern and ask for some personal information like credit card numbers, passwords and security questions, among others. No, they do not intend to update your information on Apple’s databases, they’re just trying to steal your personal information.
Just take a look at the below example: (Beware! you could be next to get such email)
It is very normal to find yourself concerned when you receive this type of messages, mainly because no one wants to know about any suspended account or any irregular activity going on with it. But there are a few tips you should know before actually believing what the message says.
First of all, these messages are usually addressed to no one in particular, for example, “Apple User“. If you receive some communication starting with that, then it should be your first clue. If you do have an account with Apple then they will address it to you, with your specific Apple ID, after all, Apple does have the information about your Apple ID and the e-mail linked to it, therefore every communication you receive from Apple will be personalized and specifically addressed to you.
You could also double check the subject of the message. There might be some inconsistencies on it regarding location. For example, it might say that it is a communication coming from Apple UK but the address might be from the U.S. Also, there might be some grammar or spelling mistakes, beware of those. An official communication is absolutely flawless.
But above all these, beware of links and personal information requests. Apple (in fact, every company, including financial institutions) will never ask for personal information via e-mail, and they will more certainly not provide any link for you to go there. As a matter of fact, they might tell you to go to their website but they will not provide a link. Ever.
These scams work psychologically. They mess with your mind and they try to build some fake trust by telling you they’re worried about your safety, they pretend to empathize with you and they promise to keep you safe but the truth is they’re only wolves dressed as sheep laughing at your back while they have fun using your credit cards. Trust your sense and everytime you feel something suspicious, report for spam.