Beware of the New iPhone Text Scam - Flatimes

Friday, 22 April 2016

Beware of the New iPhone Text Scam

Smartphone owners, particularly iPhone users, are the target of another new scam. And if you have an iPhone, you may have been duped without even knowing it.

This phishing scam is in the form of a text message that says your Apple ID or iCloud account needs to be updated or else it will be terminated (which would be detrimental for any iOS user). To prevent this, you're instructed to follow the link included in the text. And this is where the hackers take over — the link sends you to a fraudulent site requesting your information, including your first and last name and even passport information.

This is a scam perpetrated with the intent of stealing your personal identity. According to Apple's privacy policy, they will not send you requests like this, and say that account related information interactions typically happen in iTunes or your Apple ID account itself. The policy also outlines information it will never ask users for outside of their account — Social Security number, mother's maiden name, full credit card number or credit card CCV code — and advise users not to follow any links and to report any potential scams to the company. Apple did not respond to our request for comment on this particular scam by the time this story was published.


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