Recently there have been more scams specifically targeting users of iPhones, iPads and Mac computers.
Hackers are able to steal Apple IDs and money from iPhone users. The scam works by accessing payment information from credit cards tied to iPhones.
You could be receiving a call, asking to verify personal information to verify your account, or an email or text that appears to be from Apple, saying that your information has been breached and they need to reset your Apple ID.Once you click on the link provided in the email or text, it immediately gives the scammers access to your Apple account, including any stored personal and payment information.
Another scam involves iMessage and Apple ID accounts where users receive messages, written in foreign languages. Then they receive a notification from Apple that their Apple ID is being used on another device. The notification only provides one option — to click “OK.” Once you click “OK” the user’s iMessage account is flooded with messages from a foreign number and they now have access to your phone and personal information.
An additional scam is through Touch ID in the App Store. Apps posing as health assistance ask users to use Touch ID before they show a calorie tracker, or some other seemingly legitimate function. Once you scan your fingerprint, the apps briefly show an in-app purchase popup instead, charging erroneous dollar amounts and simultaneously dims the screen to make it hard to see the prompt. In some cases, even if you decline to use Touch ID to enable a feature, the app asks you to tap to continue—and try the in-app payment scam instead. iPhone X users or later are not susceptible to this scam as these phones no longer have a home button. Anyone with an iPhone 8 or older it is essential to only use TouchID on apps you have a reason to trust.
So how can you protect yourself?
Never share your Apple ID password or temporary verification codes with anyone. Apple will never ask you for this information to provide support.
Use two-factor authentication to protect your Apple ID.
Use extreme caution if a company tries to request an Apple Pay payment in Messages. Again, Apple will not ask for payment by iMessage or text message.
Ignore instructions to confirm your phone number or visit a link. Some scam texts instruct you to text ‘STOP’ or ‘NO’ to prevent future texts. But this is a common ploy by scammers to confirm they have a real, active phone number.
The best anyone can do is stay vigilant, check your accounts frequently and report any scams.