Warning! "Your Apple ID was used to Sign in to iCloud via a Web Browser" is a Phishing Scam

The fake email message below which claims that the recipients' Apple IDs were used to sign into iCloud via a web browser is a phishing scam. 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.

Warning! Your Apple ID was used to Sign in to iCloud via a Web Browser is a Phishing Scam

The "Your Apple ID was used to Sign in to iCloud via a Web Browser" Phishing Scam

From: "apple@id.applemail.com" <noreply-costumerserviceidapple074293023@live.co.uk>

Date: September 22, 2017 at 12:26:34 PM PDT

Subject: [Apple Report] Your Apple ID was used to sign in to iCloud via a web browser


Dear Client,

We detected that someone logged into your Apple ID from an unknown device.

Thats why as a security measure we have to block your Apple ID to keep you safe from unauthorised activities.

Was that you?

Device : Mozilla/5.0 (Macintoshs; Intel Mac OS X 10.8; rv:21.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/21.0

IP :

Location : Swivice- ss.

if not please review this activity as soon as possible by completing some detail restore full access to your account.

Your account will be locked if we didn't receive any response from you in more than twenty four hours.


Apple Support

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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November 7, 2018 at 4:16 PM by
Warning! "Your Apple ID was used to Sign in to iCloud via a Web Browser" is a Phishing Scam

Here is another scam:

"Da: Apple Service <noreply-icloudsupport.setting.security.live.mail-545@managae-account-suspendproblem.com>

Inviato: mercoledì 7 novembre 2018 17:38

Oggetto: RE: [Information Update] Service Center: We sent an e-mail from Apple for a request to reset your password. [ID: 87320127] [FWD]

Your Apple ID was used to log in to iCloud from your web browser.

Date and time: November 07, 2018.

Browser: Google Chrome

Operating system: MacOS

I have never logged into iCloud recently, and someone has illegally registered in your account

If you think you are using it, reset your password with your Apple ID.

Please see the attached PDF format.

Thank you in the future.

iCIoud Support"


August 15, 2018 at 12:50 AM by
Warning! "Your Apple ID was used to Sign in to iCloud via a Web Browser" is a Phishing Scam
an anonymous user from: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

This scam is still circulating as at 14 Aug 2018


July 22, 2018 at 8:27 AM by
Warning! "Your Apple ID was used to Sign in to iCloud via a Web Browser" is a Phishing Scam
an anonymous user from: San Antonio, Texas, United States

Here’s what I got. I almost did it but then I did a search. I’m glad I didn’t finish letting the link load:

"Dear Client,

Your Aρρlе ID (x*x) was used to sign in to iCloud on an Opera.

Time and Date: 21/07/2018 10.08.07

Operating System: Windows XP

Country: Germany

If you have not recently signed in to an Opera with your Aρρlе ID and believe someone may have accessed your Apple account, please sign in and complete the steps to confim your identity and recent activity. To help protect your account access will remain locked until you complete the necessary steps.

Sign in"


July 5, 2018 at 6:32 AM by
Warning! "Your Apple ID was used to Sign in to iCloud via a Web Browser" is a Phishing Scam

Here is another scam:

-Original Message-

From: Apple <help.qrtwmtz@apple.com>

Sent: Tue, Jul 3, 2018 6:13 am

Subject: ACCOUNT ALERT : Your account was used to sign in to iCloud on an SeaMonkey


Your Apple ID () was used to sign in to iCloud on an SeaMonkey.

Date and Time: 2018.07.03. 13:13:08

If the information above looks familiar, you can ignore this message.

If you have not recently signed in to an SeaMonkey with your Apple ID and believe someone may have accessed your account, Please Click link bellow :


Apple Support


March 8, 2018 at 10:16 AM by
Warning! "Your Apple ID was used to Sign in to iCloud via a Web Browser" is a Phishing Scam
an anonymous user from: Newark, New Jersey, United States

What if one clicked on the link & responded?


March 8, 2018 at 12:33 PM by
Warning! "Your Apple ID was used to Sign in to iCloud via a Web Browser" is a Phishing Scam

You need to change your password immediately.


February 28, 2018 at 1:54 PM by
Warning! "Your Apple ID was used to Sign in to iCloud via a Web Browser" is a Phishing Scam

Here is another scam:

"From: Apple <Appl3@login.apple-id.com>

Date: February 24, 2018 at 8:01:25 AM PST

Subject: Recently Your Apple ID was used to sign in to iCloud on an iPhone X


Recently Your Apple ID was used to sign in to iCloud on an iPhone X.

Login Detail :

Location : United Kingdom (UK)

IP Address :

Browser : Safari 11 AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/61.0.3163.100 Safari/537.36

Operating System : IOS

Your ID will remain Locked Till until you resolve this issue.

Login Apple"


November 24, 2017 at 8:33 AM by
Warning! "Your Apple ID was used to Sign in to iCloud via a Web Browser" is a Phishing Scam

Here is another scam:

- Forwarded message -

From: App Store <admin-appleid-serviceissue-no-reply-abuse-q24@carsreply.com>

Date: Nov 24, 2017 8:13 AM

Subject: Alert: Your Apple Account was Iogged into iCloud from an unknown browser ( 24 November 2017 07:45 am )

There Has Been a Purchase From An Unknown Device Recently, to prevent fraud we need you to verify your account.

Read your secure message by opening the attachment (pdf). you will be prompted to open (Press Verify Your Account Now) the file or save (download) it to your computer. for the best results, save the file first, then open it in a Web browser.


- Apple Support

Copyright © 2017 Apple Distribution International, Hollyhill Industrial Estate, Hollyhill, Cork, Republic of Ireland.


October 8, 2017 at 4:57 PM by
Warning! "Your Apple ID was used to Sign in to iCloud via a Web Browser" is a Phishing Scam

Here is another scam:

"Från: I-Cloud <JavaMail.javacustomer-apple PLB4mFAO6pqALmjavacustomer-apple@focusedMailFocused saccesyouraccount33835 webapps33835.apple.com>

Datum: 8 oktober 2017 18:13:29 EEST

Ämne: Re: [Security AppleID] : Reset Account [ref:fMMbnXOFg._SscKsEHQ3V]


For your protection, your...App­­­­­Ie...l­D is auto­­­matically dis­­­abled.

Your...Ap­­­­p­­­­­­le...I­­D,has been used to sign in to iC­­loud...via a web browser.

Current Access Location :

From ( IP - 222.211.2­­­­0­­5.0192 : Sh­­­­angha­­­­i Shi, CH­­INA )

Date and Time : October 08, 2017, ( 6:05 AM PDT )

Browser : Mozilla/5.0 (Wi­­­­ndows NT 6.1; rv:29.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/29.0

What can i do?

Update account information

Using Apple log in the list of auction or website

What to do next?

To re­­­­st­­­­o­­re...acce­­­­ss ­­( My Scure Apple) please click the link bel­­­­­­ow to v­­­­a­­­lidate...your...info­­­­rm­­­­a­­­­­­­t­­io­­n this pr­­­­o­­­cess sho­­­­uld on­­ly take you a few min­­­utes to com­­­plete.

My Scure Apple

Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response. For help, log in to your Apple account and click Help on any Apple page.

To receive emails as plain text instead of HTML, change your Notifications preferences. Just log in to your Apple account, go to your Profile and click My Settings."


September 29, 2017 at 12:57 PM by
Warning! "Your Apple ID was used to Sign in to iCloud via a Web Browser" is a Phishing Scam

Here is another scam:

"From: Apple services_vND3V89K@vND3V89K.softonic.com

Date: 29 Sep 2017 4:09 p.m.

Subject: [Important] - Suspicious activity in your Apple account, update your Apple ID account.


Your Apple ID () w?as used to sign in to iCloud via a web browser.

Date and Time : Friday, 29 Sep 2017, 16:21 AM

Browser: Opera Mini

Operating System: iPhone 7

Location: Holy See (Vatican City State) ( )

If the information above looks familar, you can ignore this message

If you have not signed in to iCloud recenlty and believe someone may have accessed your account, go to AppleID (https://appleid.apple.com) and update your Apple ID as soon as possible.

Apple Support"


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Warning! "Your Apple ID was used to Sign in to iCloud via a Web Browser" is a Phishing Scam