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New Apple ID scam steals your data

By
Shawn Price
A woman uses her smartphone. (UPI/Shutterstock/Skylines)
A woman uses her smartphone. (UPI/Shutterstock/Skylines)

LOS ANGELES, April 20 (UPI) -- Apple iPhone users are being targeted in a new phishing scam, tricking users into giving up their Apple passwords and other personal information.

The scam arrives as a text message, telling the recipient their Apple ID or iCloud account information is about to expire and should be updated immediately. The user clicks on a link and to verify your account, "they ask for your name, address, even your passport information," said security expert Slawek Ligier of Barracuda Networks

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After you input your name and password, it will tell users they've been locked out for "security reasons" and to unlock it, they will have to give various other pieces of valuable personal information, security expert Graham Cluley.

Ligier describes the scam as "really dangerous," and advises Apple users if you copy and paste the link in the text to your browser and it doesn't look completely legitimate and familiar, delete the text.

It is a scam that has been tried before on email, but as an extra tip, look at a legitimate Apple site and compare the company's real domain name to one in the text and users should be able to spot trouble right away.

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