Apple phishing scam seeks users’ personal information
Apple users were the target of an online phishing scam that occurred in late 2017. When scammers send fraudulent emails asking for personal information it is called phishing. This particular scam took place around the holiday season. The scam claimed that customers had bought something at Apple. The email went on to say that the customers “purchased” items had been shipped. Many people do online shopping during the holiday season. Sending a shipping confirmation email at this time of year is likely to not be seen as suspicious.
These fraudsters attempted to steal the screen names and passwords of Apple customers with fake links in the emails. The emails made it appear that users would be directed to Apple’s website. Instead of the Apple website, the links took customers to a fake Apple lookalike. But the website was actually hxxp://service-center.online.
After reaching this page, users were prompted to log into their Apple account. This is where the scammers would steal users’ passwords and usernames. It is unclear how many people were affected by this holiday scam.
Customers can tell the real emails from the fraudulent in many different ways. One telltale sign of phishing is an email confirmation for something you did not buy. Companies usually send confirmation emails within 15 minutes of the order. If a confirmation email was never sent then a shipping confirmation does not make sense.
It is also common for scam emails to include typos. Companies usually do not send grammatically incorrect emails to their customers. Being aware of these phishing tactics can help keep customers personal information safe.