Don't Fall for This New Scam Targeting iPhone Users
Anyone else received one of these Apple ID texts? Is it all above board or is it some kind of phishing scam? pic.twitter.com/KUfMZtggUF
— Dave Vitty (@davidvitty) April 16, 2016
Apple iPhone users beware: A new phishing scam is tricking people into giving up their Apple passwords and other personal information.
According to The Independent, victims receive an unsolicited message which claims to come from Apple Inc.
They are instructed to immediately change their Apple ID password before it expires, and are directed to a legitimate-looking website where they are asked to input their username and password.
Don't fall for it!
— scott budman (@scottbudman) April 19, 2016
After giving their username and password, victims are told their account has been locked for "security reasons." They are instructed to enter other personal information like their address and credit card details, in order to "unlock" the account.
That information ends up right in the hands of cyber-criminals.
"The scammers have chosen their words carefully - making the message appear urgent to encourage as many people as possible to click on the link without properly considering the potential pitfalls," cybersecurity expert Graham Cluley wrote in a blog post.
Apple won’t ever ask for this information, especially by text message, so be vigilant and don’t hand it over.
If you receive this text or any suspicious message, you can always visit Apple's official support page.
Be sure to share this important information with family and friends!