Online fraudsters are becoming more and more creative in their tactics to deceive innocent victims for money. Some of the methods are so well implemented that it can be very difficult to distinguish them from the real goods.
Now police in Oslo, Asker and Berom are warning of fraudulent emails claiming to be from Apple.
“Have you received an email like this? It comes in different packages on SMS and email. Don’t be fooled. Check the sender carefully and the URL carefully,” warns the police on Facebook.
For example, emails may indicate that your Apple ID has been locked for security reasons due to too many incorrect login attempts.
“You will not be able to access your account and other Apple services. Verification is required within 24 hours to access the account,” it said followed by a large button to verify the account.
The email appears to be from Apple, and if you click on the link, you will be taken to a page that appears to be from Apple as well, but here are scammers trying to steal personal information.
Check the sender carefully
On its website, Apple warns of phishing – where attackers try to look for information – fake customer support calls and other scams, and there’s also information the company has published to help you identify and avoid this type of fraud:
How to identify fake emails and messages
Scammers try to mimic emails and text messages from legitimate companies to trick you into providing personal information and passwords. These characters can help you identify phishing emails:
- The sender’s email address or phone number does not match the name of the company it claims to represent.
- The email address or phone number they used to contact you is different from the one you provided to the relevant company.
- The link in the message looks correct, but the URL doesn’t match the company’s website.
- The message looks very different from the other messages I’ve received from the company.
- The message contains questions about personal information such as a credit card number or account password.
- The message is spam and contains an attachment.
If you have received suspicious emails, messages, and calls, you can report them to Apple. More information can be found at Apple website.
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