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Wave of phishing to Apple users-how to identify fraudulent emails and messages

Wave of phishing to Apple users: how to identify fraudulent emails and messages

The fraudulent messages and links that try to deceive the user taking advantage of it continue to gain more complexity, which means that more than one unsuspecting person continues to be the victim of online scams. Unfortunately that also happens with Apple users and services, and lately we have detected that the deceptive messages around iCloud have grown more.

In part we have realized thanks to yourselves, that you have used our contact form to notify us of some notices. Let’s see how to identify them and how to verify that we are talking to the real Apple .

“ICluod”? Do not even think about going there

Phishing Apple Store

The first example is sent to us by our reader Andrés Martín: an email in which we are told that the payment for the purchase of a drone has been confirmed in the Apple online store . The logical thing is that we panic when we see that Apple has billed us almost 500 dollars of purchase in something that we have not bought, and that is precisely what the con man takes advantage of.

We go so fast to press the link to cancel the order that we do not realize something suspicious: the mail offers even too many explanations about how to cancel it. As if I really want you to cancel the purchase. You only need to see the URL of the link to realize the thymus:

https://appleid.apple.pleaseverifyaction.com/manage/?view=login&appIdKey=5ff3ae8f532daf3&country=ES

This is not an official Apple link . The URL starts with appleid.apple, okay, but the domain is pleaseverifyaction.com. It is a domain completely alien to the company that now redirects to a store called Wanderlust.

The domain of links to Apple is always apple.com, so never follow the instructions of a website that has a different domain. And of course, Apple will never ask for sensitive data like the pin of your credit card . For these things it is always good to have two-factor authentication activated.

Sms Phishing

Another alert that we have received are these SMS messages, warning us that an iPhone has been found that has previously been lost. It does not matter if you have not lost or your phone has been stolen recently: you receive it even if you still have it. You miss, and click on the link:

https://icluod-find.com/?e=dqSQ

iCluod is not iCloud. And once again, the domain is icluod-find.com instead of Apple.com. We must flee from these links . What happens when you enter is that you see a website exactly like that of Find my iPhone, with a loading screen that simulates the authentic compass but is nothing more than an animated GIF. The web asks for your Apple ID and password. Do not even think about putting it on.

Remember: you only need to check the domains of the link. And if you suspect, you always have the possibility to contact Apple itself to verify the authenticity of the message. Thank you very much to all of you who have warned us!

About Nick Fury

Hi, I am Nick! Apart from being a loving husband and a father of one, I dedicate myself to manage a company full time. Writing is my passion, I started writing a blog some 10 years ago, now reviving this passion again, I would love to express my views and takes on day to day stuff, hope you guys enjoy! Do share your thoughts.

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