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Beware of "Your Apple iCloud has been Locked" Phishing Scam

2017-08-27T15:36:01 -  +
Beware of "Your Apple iCloud has been Locked" Phishing Scam

The email message below which claims that the recipients' Apple ID have been been locked is another attempt by cybercriminals to steal their potential victims’ Apple account credentials. The fake email has links in it that go to a phishing Apple website which steals account usernames and password. The phishing website steals account credentials by asking visitors to sign-in with their Apple account usernames and passwords. Now, any attempt to sign into the fake or phishing website will result in the visitors' Apple account credentials being sent to the cybercriminals responsible for the scam. Once the cyber crooks have gotten possession of the stolen account credentials, they will use it to hijack their victims’ Apple accounts and use the same accounts fraudulently.

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The "Your Apple iCloud has been Locked" Phishing Scam

From: iCloud Team [mailto:appleid@s.aolcdn.com]

Sent: Sunday, August 27, 2017 2:25 PM

Subject: Reminder : Your Apple iCloud has been locked

Your Apple iCloud has been Locked !

Dear

We've detect that your Apple ID is being used by another device that is unauthorized with your Apple ID. So we will lock your Apple ID to make sure your data is secure.

What Should I Do ?

If your Apple ID was Locked you must update your Informations of your Apple ID. If you already have update your Informations, your Apple ID will start to work as normal once again.

If you don't update your Apple ID Information, your Apple ID will be closed.

Update Now.

Sincerely,

Apple ID

Apple users should never click on a link in an email message to sign into their accounts. They should instead, go directly to https://appleid.apple.com/ and sign-in from there. If there is something wrong with their accounts, they will be alerted after signing in. Users who were tricked by the phishing scam, are asked to change their Apple account passwords immediately before their accounts are hijacked and used fraudulently. For those users who are unable to change their passwords, are asked to contact Apple Technical Support for help.

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  • Posted: Mar 21, 2018 1:52 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Riverside, California, United States

    Thank you for this. I got 2 emails from apple & almost fell for it then saw this after googling it.

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  • Posted: Mar 13, 2018 10:27 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: AppIeID 🔒
    Date: March 12, 2018 at 10:47:30 AM CDT
    Subject: [SUMMARY] Your iCloud account has been locked

    Your iCloud account has been locked

    Your payment provider recently recalled an unauthorised payment.
    We’ve now returned the funds, and locked your iCloud account. If you have any questions about this, please contact your payment provider directly.
    IP : 7.139.110.171
    Date : 12/03/2018 15:47:30
    Order ID : 043605581
    Check this attachments or Go to Here >
    Sincerely,

    Apple Team"

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  • Posted: Nov 27, 2017 8:40 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: service@apple.com
    Sent: Saturday, November 25, 2017 1:31:53 PM
    Subject: RE : [Summary News Updated] Statement News Updated Log-in and data checking date: 11/25/17 [Alert]

    iCloud Locked

    For your protection, your Apple ID is automatically disabled.
    We detect unauthorized Login Attempts to your Apple ID from other IP Location. Please verify your identity today or your account will be disabled due to concerns we have for the safety and integrity of the Apple Community.

    Date: 25 November 2017
    Browser: Google Chrome
    Operating System: Windows

    To verify your Apple ID, we advise you to press the Log in button.

    iCloud Support"

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  • Posted: Oct 20, 2017 10:16 AM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: AppIe Support
    Date: October 19, 2017 at 10:59:58 AM EDT
    Subject: [Case ID: 0EC4YXELH5] Your account has been Iocked

    [Apple]
    Notice to,
    Your iCloud account () has been Iocked for security reasons.

    Someone has attempted to sign in to your iCloud on October 19, 2017, 4:59 pm, Madagascar.

    If that is you, everything is fine.
    If not, please perform the following steps to secure your account

    Click here to recover your account.

    Visit your Account Information page to review your saved account recovery data.

    Thank you,
    Apple Support
    Replies sent to this email address can not be answered. For additional help, please visit the Help page."

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  • Posted: Oct 19, 2017 6:25 PM by info

    Here is another scam:

    "Subject: Your iCloud Has Been Locked #[BG4NY]
    On Thursday, October 19, 2017, 5:47 PM, AppleID wrote:

    Dear Customer,

    Recently a request was submitted to reset your Apple ID password () from our client area.

    IP : 179.867.177.635
    From : Jakarta, Indonesia
    Browser : Chrome
    Date: 10/18/2017 04:11 AM (GMT 7)

    If you have not signed in to iCloud recently and someone may have accessed your account, go to Apple ID client area.

    SECURE YOUR ACCOUNT

    Update your account details as soon as possible. Hope to hear from you soon! because our system automatically disabled your Apple ID and your device will be locked. if our didn't receive information from you.

    Sincerely,
    Apple Support"

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