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Beware of "Apple ID Locked for Security Reasons" Phishing Scams

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Beware of "Apple ID Locked for Security Reasons" Phishing Scams

The email message below with the subject: "Apple ID Locked for Security Reasons," is a phishing scam, which was sent by cyber-criminals to steal the recipients' Apple account IDs and passwords. The fake email message claims that the recipients need to verify their email addresses or personal information, and to do this, the recipients need to click on a link or button within the same email message to verify. But, the link will take recipients to phishing or malicious websites, where they will be asked to sign into their Apple accounts. Now, if the recipients attempt to sign-in on the phishing websites, their Apple account credentials will be sent to the cyber-criminals behind the phishing email messages. With their potential victims’ Apple account credentials, the cyber-criminals will hijack their victims' accounts and use the accounts fraudulently.

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Victims of the Apple phishing scams should change their passwords immediately, and check their accounts and credit card statements for any discrepancy. Victims of the phishing email messages, who are unable to their passwords because their accounts have been hijacked by cyber-criminals, should contact Apple for help.

The "Apple ID Locked for Security Reasons" Phishing Scam

From: Apple Inc Online [mailto:Appleinc@eml.com]
Subject: Apple ID Locked for Security Reasons

Dear Customer,

We just need to verify that this email address belongs to you.

Simply click the link below and sign in using your Apple ID and password.

Verify Now >>>

Wondering why you got this email?

It's sent when someone adds or changes a contact email address for an Apple ID account.

If you didn't do this, don't worry. Your email address cannot be used as a contact address for an

Apple ID without your verification.

[IMPORTANT] if this letter sent as junk or spam its just an error by our new system, please click not spam or not junk. frequently asked questions.

Regards,

Apple

Copyright © 2016 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Posted: Apr 3, 2017 at 12:18 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    --start of scam --
    "From: "Apple Support" service@mail-appstore.com
    Subject: Account Locked Notification!
    Date: 1 April 2017 9:48:29 am NZDT

    AppIe ID Account Locked Notification!

    Dear Customer,

    We've detected unauthorize login on your account.
    We're sorry, your account access has been locked temporarily for security reasons.

    To restore your account, Read secure message by opening the attacment (pdf).
    you will be prompted to open (view) the file or save (download) it to your computer.
    for best results, save the file first, then open it in a Web browser.

    The account will continue to be locked until it is approved and validate your account information.

    This is an automatic message by the system to let you know that you have to confirm your account information within 24 hours.

    AppIe Support,

    Copyright © 2017 AppIe Inc. 1 Infinite Looop, Cupertino, CA 95014, United States.‏ All Rights Reserved."
    --end of scam --

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