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Cyber Criminals Target Apple Customers for money making

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Cyber criminals are targeting people using Apple products, as they are more likely to have disposable income.

Blogger Graham Cluley,  reported a text message scam that tried to trick people into handing over account information. Lot of people have reported receiving a text message from “AppleInc” over the weekend, claiming that their Apple IDs is about to expire – and telling them to click on a link if they want to retain the Apple ID.

As always, Scammers have chosen the words and links carefully – making the message appear urgent and genuine, forcing people to follow the Links and share Information. The catch is ” Trust on Apple Brand “. Scammers take dis-advantage of this situation and mint money.

The message reads “Victim Name ” Your Apple ID is due to be expire today. Prevent this by confirming your Apple ID at [URL] – Apple Inc ”

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SMS Scam – Pic Courtesy – Graham Cluley

Even Apple has clearly stated on it’s website : The iTunes Store will never ask you to provide personal information or sensitive account information (such as passwords or credit card numbers) via email. What the iTunes Store will never ask you to provide via email:

  • Social Security Number
  • Mother’s maiden name
  • Full credit card number
  • Credit card CCV code

“Phishers” create elaborate websites that look similar to iTunes, but their sole purpose is to collect your account information. Often, a fake email will ask you to click on a link and visit one of these phishing websites to “update your account information.”

The website shown below is replica of Apple Site, to grab your personal information and pass it straight on to online criminals. They could use those details to commit fraud, or sell your credentials on to other crooks on the computer underground. That’s obviously even worse news if you have made the mistake of reusing your passwords across the net.

Now, comes the real catch, When you enter your Apple ID and password , you will be told that your Apple ID has been “locked for security reasons“. Now, comes the real scamming game. You will be told to enter your credentials like, Date of Birth, Security Number, Credit Card Details, Address and Security question / answer.

But, the key question is ” How Scammers got Victim’s Name and Phone Number ? ”

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