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.
Sample of the “Apple Your Account Will Be Permanently Locked” Phishing Scam
From: Apple Service <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: February 12, 2018 at 10:10:51 AM PST
Subject: New Update Statement : Our Team Detected That Your Account Have Been Violating Our Policy Terms And Conditions.
We are very decisive about our terms and condition of Apple ID,
Please open the attachment to fill the requested forms and we will review your account to fix this issue.
If you do not fill the request form within 24 hours, Your Account Will Be Permanently Locked.
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.