According to Fortune, there are currently more than 700 million iPhones that are in use worldwide. With such a huge number of users, it is no surprise that some scammers have chosen to make this group their next target.
This week, a new type of the Apple ID scam has surfaced nationwide. The scam claims that the user’s “AppleID” is due to expire. The user is then told to follow the inserted link where they will have to enter their Apple ID login credentials in order to supposedly update their ID and prevent the loss of applications and services that are loaded onto the phone. It is, however, important to remember that the Apple ID of a user NEVER EXPIRES, so there is no reason for an Apple user to receive a message that is similar to this.
In addition to the Apple ID never expiring, there are various other red flags in the text message. First, the notification is sent as a regular text message, instead of an iMessage – the message service that is created and used by Apple, Inc. Second, the link does not lead users to an official Apple website. The official link to manage the users’ Apple ID is https://appleid.apple.com/. Finally, in all platforms, Apple Inc. refers to “Apple ID” as two words, where the message combines the two words together to become one. In addition, if there is an issue, Apple will contact users through email.
However, whenever you receive an email regarding an issue with your account, take some time to recall how the company usually contacts you and always check for grammatical errors. Be sure to hover over all links to check if they take you to the official website of the company or to a fake page. The main goal of the scammer is to prey on your sense of urgency to get users to act without first thinking, “Does this make sense?”.