(Photo : REUTERS/Jason Lee) As of now, the scam seems to be only targeting iPhone users in the United Kingdom.
A recently discovered scam is allegedly targeting iPhone users in order to get their Apple ID passwords.
The scam lures in users using text messages from someone claiming to be part of the Apple Support team. This was first reported by Independent UK on Wednesday.
The scammer will inform the user that their Apple ID is scheduled to expire on the same day and that they should open the included link to avoid their account’s termination.
The link will redirect the user to a website that looks very legitimate and might not arouse any suspicion.
The website will ask the user to enter their Apple ID username and password.
If users do enter their Apple ID credentials, they will be informed that their account has been locked for supposed security reasons.
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
The scam doesn’t stop there. If users want to get their accounts unlocked, they are instructed to enter other personal information like their address, credit card details and even their passport information, according to NBC.
This type of scam is what people would call phishing, which is designed to trick users into willingly handing over their personal information.
Tech-savvy users wouldn’t be easily tricked by something like this, but of course there are still those unaware of this type of scam.
However, phishing usually happens in the form of emails instead of texts so maybe some people might have thought that this was legitimate.
As of now, the scam is only targeting users in the United Kingdom, with no reports yet that it has already reached the United States.
“As a general rule, never send credit card information, account passwords, or extensive personal information in an email unless you verify that the recipient is who they claim to be,” Apple says on its support page regarding phishing.
This general rule is also applicable on other services offered by the likes of Google, PayPal and eBay, as pointed out by Digital Trends.