Attorney General warning of Apple phishing scheme

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office is warning people about a new phishing scheme including iPhones and Apple Support.

When Susan Wendell received a text message saying her iPhone had been found, she knew something wasn’t right.

“I was really afraid to click the link,” she said.

The message on her phone instructed her to go to a website.

“At the bottom, it says it comes from Apple Support, so you sort of think it could be legit,” she said. “But I was really questioning it. So I called them to see if they had sent me a text and they said they don’t send texts out like that.”

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Susan said she never clicked on the link – but the schemers didn’t give up.

“They didn’t stop. They came from different phone numbers so if I blocked one phone number, it would come from a different phone number,” she explained.

A spokesperson for the Rhode Island AG’s Office said this is an example of a typical phishing scam.

If the culprits fool you into giving up your login information, they can gain access to your iCloud – where you store personal and financial information.

If you get a similar text, here’s what you need to do:

  • Never click on links from phone numbers you don’t recognize – even if it says it’s coming from Apple Support or another legitimate organization.
  • Check the greeting. Often emails will use generic greetings or your email rather than your name.
  • Then, call your wireless provider or Apple Support directly.
  • Most importantly, use common sense.

If you think something seems suspicious, take plenty of time to double check links and phone numbers.



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