Apple ID Suspension Phishing Scam with a Twist

Watch out for a phishing scam that seems to come from Apple. The email is supposedly from Apple Support and they threaten that your account is going to be suspended because you did not reply to an earlier verification email. The phishing email has a link that allows you to “verify now” but if you click the link, you land on a fake webpage that looks like it’s Apple but is a fake. It then tries to manipulate you into entering your password, credit card and other personal information.

Don’t fall for this scam.

DTS recommends against clicking on links embedded in email even if they appear legitimate. Instead type the web address into your browser manually. This ensures you are not being sent to an unintended site.

Think Before You Click!

Additional information: The email claims to be from Apple Support and says your Apple ID and iCloud are both going to be suspended because you did not complete verification on time.

According to this phishing email, Apple supposedly sent you an earlier email about this but they did not receive a response. The email has a “Verify now” link that allows you to complete the verification process and save your account from suspension. If you click the link, you will be taken to a bogus Apple login page asking for your username and password credentials. But wait, there’s more!

You will then be taken to a second fake page that asks for a large amount of your personal and financial information including credit card and banking details. The page is designed to look like a real Apple webpage and even includes seemingly legitimate information explaining in detail why you need to complete the verification process.

This scam even has retaliation against investigators testing the phish. If you enter false data that includes words such as ‘scam’ into fields on the fake form, your browser will automatically redirect you to a preconfigured Google search for pornography.

phishing |ˈfiSHiNG| noun the activity of defrauding an online account holder of financial information by posing as a legitimate company: [ as modifier ] :  phishing exercises in which criminals create replicas of commercial Web sites.