Phishing Scam - "Apple Account Termination"
February 3, 2015
The email message below: "Apple Account Termination," is a phishing scam sent by cyber-criminals. Whatever you do, please do not click on the link in the email message, enter your username, password, personal and financial information on the fake Apple page that you will be taken to.
Please continue reading below.
The Phishing Email Message
This is the final email to inform you as of 30 – January – 2015 that you have not yet updated your account information. Under “Know your Customer” legislation Apple Inc is required to perform a verification of your account, failure to do so will result in account termination in less than 48 hours.
To stop the termination of your Apple and iCloud please validate your account information before the deadline.
Please proceed to Verify your iCloud Account »
Sincerely, Apple Support
Although, the email message appears as if it came from Apple, it was not. So, ensure that you never click on a link in an email message to sign into your Apple account.
Clicking on the link in this email message will take the recipient to the fake or phishing Apple website below:
This website will ask the potential victim to sign in with his/her Apple account user id, password, enter personal and financial information. Now, if the potential victim enters and submit the requested information, it will be sent to the scammers or cybercriminals behind the phishing scam. With the information that they have collected, the cybercriminals will be able to gain access to victim's account and use it frauduently. They will also steal victim's money using the financial information that they have collected from him/her.
Victims who were tricked by the phishing email, should change their Apple passwords immediately.
There are hundreds of these phishing or fake websites on the internet designed to steal Apple users’ account, personal and financial information. The website above is just one of the many.
So, please ensure that you are on www.apple.com website by looking at your web browser address bar, instead of some fake website designed to trick you into disclosing your account information.
To sign into your Apple account and update your information, please always use the following link:
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