Apple iCloud Scam

Phishing in the Clouds

"We've noticed some suspicious activity on your Apple iCloud account!"

The latest scam involves fraudsters trying to piggyback on media reports related to a major breach of iCloud credentials. Fresh on the minds of consumers, the "breach" launched a phone scam preying on the fear, uncertainty and doubt; a classic approach indeed. But beware. Those calls alleging an iCloud account leak is more than likely a scam in the making.

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What You Should Know

Earlier this year (2017) there were some media reports of a potential iCloud security failure. Though quickly disproven by Apple, the reports made the unsolicited calls claiming to be from Apple much more credible. The scam can unfold in a variety of ways, but the end goal is the same. They try to get you to let them connect to your computer via a reverse screen share. Then, they claim to have scanned your computer, found malware, and ask for payment so they can "fix" your computer. In the process, they install adware and sometimes malware, as well as charge a high or recurring fee on your credit card or both.

This call also offers people to dial #2 to stop these calls; however, this is part of the scam! Once you've pressed #2, you've confirmed that you're available for more scamming in the future.

How YouMail can help stop Apple iCloud scams today

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What you should do

Our advice is simple but effective. Don't answer calls from unknown numbers! If they've left a voicemail like we've described, just DELETE it. Did you answer the call? If so, keep in mind that Apple NEVER makes unsolicitied calls, in fact the Apple website notes this on it's phishing tips page: "If you get an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be from Apple, hang up and contact us directly." (Microsoft, Google, and others never place unsolicited calls, either.)

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Our best advice

You can avoid all scams - really - just let all unknown callers go right to voicemail. Easily get more info on any number and decide whether to call them back or block them forever. Even see what others are saying or contribute to the YouMail Community Directory.