Beware Fake iCloud or App Store emails

There has been a recent spate of phishing emails purporting to come from Apple. Typically they show some sort of a purchase or subscription that you supposedly bought from Apple. As always, DO NOT CLICK LINKS in emails.

If you want to check your account, do so from within iTunes, or by logging in at iCloud.com or Apple.com yourself.

In the email there are some suspicious indicators if you look for them. First of all, the email is not from the domain apple.com.

Second, the mail addresses you as “Valuable Customer”, not by name.

This email is fake!

The bad guys expect you to be outraged that you are being charged for something you didn’t order — and that you will rashly click on the link they provided.

I don’t know what happens when you do that. Probably, it is a fake imitation of the Apple sign-in page where your credentials will be stolen. However, it may be some kind of attack that takes place merely by visiting the site.

Be safe out there, folks!

2 thoughts on “Beware Fake iCloud or App Store emails”

  1. Hi, I just got a phone call from someone who said they were Apple. They said that my iCloud had been breached and for me to follow certain instructions. I hung up on the robot type call.

    Should I be concerned about this call or was somebody trying to get information on me?

    Thanks for your advise.

    1. I imagine that the call was a scam. You should never follow instructions from, or give information to, someone who calls you, no matter who they say they are. The scammers are probably calling people more or less at random. You shouldn’t think they are targeting you specifically. It never hurts to change your iCloud password, or turn on 2-factor-authentication. If you do that, you will have to update your iCloud sign-on on all your devices (iPhones, Macs, iPads).

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