After Apple implemented the Activation Lock on iOS 7, which prevents stolen iPhones and iPads from being reused, thieves’ lives have become more difficult. Some bandits have improved and even ask for iCloud password at the time of the robbery, but most end up with a paperweight, earning much less in the sale of used parts.
But their creativity can never be underestimated and they have already created a scam to try to obtain from the victim the Apple ID that releases the device. And the most distracted end up being deluded.
Several users have already warned us about the case, as was the case with reader Zenaide. She was unfortunate to have her iPhone stolen last week and, knowing how Activation Lock works, she went to iCloud.com, turned on the device’s “Lost Mode” and put a message to anyone who found it, asking to call a phone number. This number belonged to her mother, because as her iPhone was stolen, it would take a while for the operator to supply another chip.
Two days later, her mother started receiving SMS messages that were supposedly from Apple, notifying her that the iPhone had been located and asking to access an “Apple” address to see where it was.
Her mother and brother believed the message, but she soon realized that the address was very strange and unconventional. It took almost nothing to find that it led to a fake iCloud page, in order to steal the real Apple ID password.
After the user enters their username and password, the fake page reloads to the real iCloud page, which again asks for the same password. Often the victim does not even realize that he has just provided his data to thieves, who will now be able to enable the stolen device and resell it at a high price.
So it is important to always think carefully before providing any information. Always pay attention to the following points:
- Apple will never send messages to a cell phone that is not registered on the account. Information provided in “Lost Mode” is never considered for Apple’s contact with the user. In the case above, the fact that the victim’s mother’s number receives the message is already a sign of fraud.
- Be wary of messages on behalf of Apple received from cell phones or regular phones.
- Be wary of non-domain addresses apple.com and that don’t have the little sign of padlock in him.
- In case of stolen iPhone or iPad, NEVER, NEVER act on impulse. Always think before providing your data to anyone.
Unfortunately the internet scams are there to try to catch everyone. But being attentive and not being distracted is the first step in order not to be deceived in moments that we are usually fragile. Always keep an eye on and pass this information on to your friends and relatives who use iOS devices.
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