Phishing Scam - Apple ID Temporarily Locked
July 7, 2014
The email message below with the subject: "Apple ID Temporarily Locked," which claims that your Apple ID has been temporarily locked, is a phishing scam. The email message is a fake and was not sent by Apple. It was designed by cyber-criminals to steal the recipients' Apple ID and password, by tricking them into clicking on a link within it, which will take them to a bogus or fake Apple sign-in page.
Please continue reading below.
The Apple Phishing Email Scam
From Apple <secure @securecentreicloud.com>
Subject: Apple ID Temporarily Locked.
iCloud/Apple - j##@###.co.uk
This message is to inform you that your Apple Account (j##@###.co.uk) has been temporarily locked until you can validate your Apple ID details on file. This is a security measure to protect your iCloud Account from unapproved use. We apologise for the inconvenience.
You won't be able to access Apple services or the iTunes & App Store until you verify your Apple Account ownership, we urge you to complete validation as soon as possible. Failure to validate your details within a 24 hours can result in termination of your Apple/iCloud Account to safeguard our system.
How do I validate my Apple Account and unsuspended my Apple ID?
Just proceed to the link below to verify your ID. Login in using your Apple ID and password, then follow the prompts.
Validate My Apple/iCloud Account Details
While using Apple devices and web services, you’ll still login with your main e-mail address as your Apple login.
If you have questions and need support, please see the Apple ID Support site.
Apple UK Support
Case Support ID: #I10BA61914-ID9
If you click on the link in the email message, you will be taken to a bogus Apple sign-in page. If you enter your user name and password on that bogus sign-in web page, it will be sent to the scammers behind this phishing email message, who will use it to hijack your Apple account.
If you were tricked into clicking on a link in the email message, and entered your user name and password on the phishing website that you were taken to, please change your password immediately.
Never click on a link to sign into your online accounts. Always go directly to a website by typing the website address in your web browser address bar.
So, if you are asked to sign-in or login to our Apple account, always to go www.apple.com.
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