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Beware of "Apple Unusual Activity From Your Account, We Need Verification" Phishing Scams

2018-04-26T14:31:25  +
Beware of "Apple Unusual Activity From Your Account, We Need Verification" Phishing Scams

Apple users who have received email messages like the one below, which claim that their accounts have been temporarily locked by Apple's antifraud system which detects and prevents fraud, are asked to delete them. This is because the email messages are phishing scams, being sent by cyber-criminals to trick and frighten Apple users into visiting phishing websites that steal usernames and passwords.

Please continue reading below.

A Sample of the Phishing Apple Email Message

From: Service Apple <required@automatic-secure.com>

Subject: Unusual Activity From Your Account, We Need Verification !

Date: 19 February 2017 at 08:59:20 GMT

2R663256461216303J Payment Reversed

Dear,

Your account Has Been Temporary Locked because Apple uses antifraud system to detect and prevent fraud.

A review of the transaction below raised a suspicion that it may have not been authorised. As a result, we've reversed this transaction.

Transaction Details

Transaction Date:

15 February 2017 20:33:35 AEST

Transaction Amount:

$259.00 USD

Order id:

MH7NTYLGNY

What to do

Log in to your Apple account as soon as possible. We may ask you to confirm information you provided when you created your account

to make sure that you're the account holder.

You should also do the following for your own protection:

Log in to Check your Apple account details (address, email, phone, etc.) to make sure they're accurate.

Review your account activity to make sure you recognise the transactions recently made.

Report any unknown or unauthorised activity.

If you have questions or believe that this transaction was cancelled in error, please log in to your Apple account and click the Contact Us link.

Yours sincerely,

Apple

Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response. For assistance,

The link in the phishing email message goes to a fake Apple website, which has been created by cyber-criminals to trick their potential victims into entering their Apple username, password and credit card information on it. If the requested information is submitted by the potential victims, it will be sent to the cyber-criminals, who will use it to steal their money and use their accounts fraudulently. The cyber-criminals / scammers behind the phishing email message will change the website's name, so look out for similar phishing email messages with links that go to different phishing websites.

If you are tricked into submitting your Apple credentials and credit card information on the fake web page, please change your Apple password immediately and contact your bank and let them know that you have unknowingly submitted your credit card information on a phishing website.

Remember, never click on a link to sign into your Apple account, always go directly to https://appleid.apple.com and log in from there and check your account for any discrepancies.

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  • Posted: Aug 18, 2018 at 2:31 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Cliff, New Mexico, United States

    My husband's phone was suddenly locked up and this message appeared: "Call this number to unlock your phone: 1-877-696-588" He was instructed to buy a $100 iTunes gift card and submit the number in order to have the phone unlocked. This was August 17, 2018

    delete


  • Posted: Jun 22, 2018 at 9:01 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    ----- Forwarded Message -----
    From: Apple
    Sent: Friday, 22 June 2018, 14:53
    Subject: Reminder: [Statement:Urgent] We've found unusual activity in your Apple cloud ID, we need responses #RYO

    Hello,
    ...
    © 2018 A77p92p61l29e54. All Rights Reserved.

    delete


  • Posted: Apr 29, 2018 at 7:01 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Ocala, Florida, United States

    Is this a scam?

    "On Sat, 4/28/18, Apple wrote:

    Subject: Apple ID Support - Proceed to an Identity Verification
    To: xxxxxxx@yahoo.com
    Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 6:00 PM


    Dear Customer,

    Suspicious activity has been detected on your Apple ID Account
    from an unrecognized device in Canada.

    Here are the details of the sign-in attempt:
    IP Address: 101.255.68.200
    Operating system: iOS 11.0.2
    Browser: Firefox

    For your security, we automatically
    locked your Apple ID account. To regain access to your Apple ID account,
    please use link Restore Account below our support team to Proceed to an Identity
    Verification.

    Regards,
    Apple

    Copyright ©2018 Apple Inc. All rights reserved"

    delete


    • Posted: Apr 29, 2018 at 7:34 AM by info

      Yes, it is a scam.

      delete


  • Posted: Apr 21, 2018 at 2:28 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: AppleID Support
    Date: April 21, 2018 at 10:31:41 AM EDT
    To: support-customer@apple.com
    Subject: RE: [Summary News-Report]: Statement billing information has been change at 21 April 2018

    Dear Customer,

    We detected unusual sign-in activity attempt on your Apple ID via new device and different location.

    Your account will be disable because we've noticed significant changes in your account activity

    Date : 21 April 2018,
    For your protection, we need to understand this change better.

    Please open the Attachment (PDF) - Read your form - Confirmation Apple ID before 24 Hours Account will be disable.

    Sincerely,
    Apple Support"

    delete


  • Posted: Nov 12, 2017 at 6:00 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "Subject: We detected unusual activity from your account

    Dear,

    We need your help resolving an issue with your Apple account. Until you help us resolve this issue, we've temporarily Locked what you can do with your account.

    What's going on?

    We noticed some unusual activity on your Apple ID account on 11/10/2017 on 06:27 PDT near Phoenix AZ and are concerned about potential unauthorized account access.

    What to do next

    Please log in to your Apple ID account and complete the steps to confirm your identity and recent account activity. To help protect your account, access will remain Locked until you complete the necessary steps.

    The security of your Apple ID account is a top priority for us and we want to work together to help protect it.

    If you need help or have any questions, call us at 1–800–854–3680, 5:00 AM to 10:00 PM PT and Sat-Sun 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM PT. Please note that hours of operation may vary on holidays.

    Sincerely,
    Apple Team"

    delete


  • Posted: Sep 1, 2017 at 9:34 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: "appleinfo-receipt"
    Subject: Important : We detect unusual activity from your appIe account.
    Date: August 31, 2017 at 10:05:14 AM EDT

    This message is from a trusted sender.

    Notice to,

    Your account will be rejected because we've noticed significant changes ln your account activity. As your payment processor, we need to understand these changes better.

    This account rejected will affect your ability to:

    Buy App in AppStore
    Rejected Payment
    Also, you won't be able to:

    Login to your iCloud and Itunes
    Remove credit cards
    Close your account"

    delete


    • Posted: Mar 21, 2018 at 6:09 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Hammond, Indiana, United States

      Yep, that's the exact one I got today. I thought I'd check online first to see if it was legit, & obviously it's not

      delete


  • Posted: Apr 18, 2017 at 7:47 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Apple ID
    Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 4:54 PM
    Subject: Suspicious activity from your Apple

    Apple Store

    [Billing Fraud] Apple Store Recently Purchase Confirmation

    Thank you for purchasing the following item : Space Qube X 3

    Order Number : MHDH6YMK37
    Order Total : $104.97

    - if you initiated this download , you can disregard this email , it was only sent to alert you in case you did not initiate the download yourself
    - if you did not initiate this download , please cancel the transaction this purchase

    To cancel this purchase Read your 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.

    Sincerely
    Apple Support"

    delete