You are asked to enter your username and password by email
Right now there is a news item circulating on the Internet about an alleged scam that asks you by SMS whether you are receiving non-existent messages on WhatsApp . It seems that if you reply, you are subscribing to a service that will be very harmful to your bank account. But that’s not the only danger you should be concerned about.
Apparently in the US are receiving emails pretending to be Apple itself telling them that their Apple ID might be in danger and to change their password . All this is a fraud, since it is not Apple who sends it and they are not looking to protect your account, but to steal it. You only need to look at a few details to check that the sender of that email has no intention of doing good.
We have to be very careful, because many times we use the same password for several services and what can make us lose our account and make some unauthorized purchases in the App Store, ends up being a real chore for our accounts on the Internet. Please disregard any messages you may receive unless you have requested a password change and contact Apple if in doubt.
There are some tricks to see if it is an official Apple communication or a fraud
We do not know if there has been any case in Spain, but just in case we are going to offer you some tricks with which you will be able to identify if it is an official communication of Cupertino’s or not. The first thing to look out for is the spelling and grammar , many times these scammers use automatic translators that often lose coherence or change some words.
Another way to discern whether it is phishing or not is that Apple will never tell you to click the following link to check if everything is OK, but will use a hyperlink or an embedded link (like the ones we put here to inform you about some topics) where if you pass the mouse cursor will tell you where it redirects you. In the case of this new fraud, the link takes you to a “.tk” domain that corresponds to the territory of Tokelau, an island in the Pacific where 20% of the pages that seek to make phishing .
Finally, as our TUAW colleagues remind us, Apple always includes your name at the beginning of the email and in this case, it only says ” dear, “ which shows that it is a generic email, not one specially addressed to your account. In any case, the best thing is that all the blogs echo this fraud and that you help us to spread it among your friends, family or whoever you want.
Have you received any mail from this guy? If so, leave a comment.