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Heads up: iPhone scam text message asks for Apple ID, password

by Todd Haselton | April 20, 2016April 20, 2016 6:28 am PST

iPhone owners beware: there’s a new scam going around that tries to trick users into handing over usernames and passwords. The scam, first spotted by Independent, arrives in the form of a text message and directs users to a bogus website located at appleidlogin.co.uk. Given that URL, it appears this is only a risk for folks living in the U.K. at this point, but everyone should be on the lookout.

Most of our readers are capable of spotting a phishing scam this obvious, but it seems that the Independent found it “convincing” enough, which means you might have loved ones who should know about the attack. Apple warns against these types of attacks on its website:

“As a general rule, never send credit card information, account passwords, or extensive personal information in an email unless you verify that the recipient is who they claim to be. Many companies have policies that state they will never solicit such information from customers by email.”

Apple won’t ever ask for this information, especially by text message, so don’t hand it over. TechnoBuffalo reached out to Apple for comment, but a spokesperson was not immediately available.

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Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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