iPhone owners in the U.K. have complained about being targeted with a phishing scam trying to trick them into revealing personal information by claiming that there is a problem with their iCloud account.
The scam message appears to come from an official Apple account called “iSupport,” and says that specific iCloud accounts have been deactivated and that users should head to an external website to confirm their user details and “reactivate [their] account.”
While I’m guessing most savvy Cult of Mac readers wouldn’t be fooled by this, it’s worth being aware of it to warn any friends or family members who may be tricked by what looks like an official Apple message.
Apple, for its part, warns about similar scams on its (official) website by noting that: “The iTunes Store will never ask you to provide personal information or sensitive account information (such as passwords or credit card numbers) via email. Email messages that contain attachments or links to non-Apple websites are from sources other than Apple, although they may appear to be from the iTunes Store. Most often, these attachments are malicious and should not be opened. You should never enter your Apple account information on any non-Apple website.”
If you’ve been received a phishing message — or otherwise suspicious correspondence — claiming to be from Apple you can report it at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Via: Peterborough Today