ALERT: Apple ID Suspension
With massive amounts of Apple devices being sold during the holiday season, CyberCriminals are looking to cash in. People and businesses are left having to pay the price.
An email claiming to be from Apple Support, is being received that states your Apple ID and iCloud accounts are going to be suspended. An example is below.
The email claims Apple sent you an earlier email regarding your verification, but it was not returned on time. The email is nice enough to include a “Verify Now” link that, they claim, allows you to complete the verification process and save your account from suspension. If you click on the link, you are directed to a fake Apple login page which asks for your credentials, including password. Once you submit your credentials, you are then directed to a 2nd fake page which asks for personal and financial information, including credit card & banking details.
The fake “Apple” pages are well-designed to look like a legitimate Apple page, and includes information explaining in detail why you need to complete the verification process. It all looks very official.
This scam even has retaliation against CyberScam investigators testing the phishing emails. If you enter false data that includes words such as “scam” into fields on the fake form, your browser will automatically redirect you to a preconfigured Google search for pornography.
The best way to check if a link is legitimate, is not to click on the link in the suspicious email, but hover your mouse (don’t click!) over the link to get the link address (shown below). Then open a new browser window and manually type in the link address.
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