This scam email is designed to steal your Apple password by sending you to a fake website. Have you received it? Here’s what it looks like.
When we covered the recent BT Brexit scam email on Which? Conversation, I noted that these phishing scams do tend to arrive with various different twists.
This one, purporting to be from Apple, is no different. This time scammers have added a fake ‘this message is from a trusted sender’ header of their own, which could be enough to catch people out.
It also follows the classic scam method of rushing its target into action with talk of ‘unathorised transcations’, ‘security measures’ and a locked account.
Here’s exactly what it looks like:
The email address it’s arrived from is, obviously, nonsense, but the presence of the Apple logo, brand colours and easy-to-read layout do make it a threat if it turns up in your inbox.
Much like the recent Santander, EE and Netflix scams we’ve seen, the ‘verify’ button will take you to a fake website where you’ll be instructed to ‘confirm your Apple ID’ by entering your username and password.
Once you’ve done that, scammers will have access to your Apple account including any payment information you have attached to it.
Phishing scam advice
We made Apple aware of this phishing scam and, while it didn’t wish to comment specifically, it did provide us with its own guides on identifying legitimate emails from iTunes or the App Store, and how to spot fraudulent emails.
The guide states that you should never share your Apple ID password with anyone, and that Apple will never ask you for this information to provide support.
We’d also echo its advice to use two-factor authentication on your accounts.
If you think you’ve entered your details into a scam site, change your password immediately and inform your bank.
Victims of fraud can also follow our advice on how to get your money back after a scam.
Have you received this Apple ID scam? Did your email software automatically flag it as spam?