Apple iPhone users targeted in phishing scam

Apple iPhone users targeted in phishing scam
Maybe you like fishing, but you certainly don't like phishing. That is the use of a fake document sent via email or text, that appears to be a real request for information from a company you trust. For example, if you bank with Wells Fargo, you might receive an email from the bank that looks legit, and asks for certain information (like a social security number) for some reason. For example, the email could say that Wells Fargo needs your social security number because of a computer glitch, or because it needs to confirm the number every few years. Once the hackers get that number from you, they could empty your bank account. Other phishing ploys tell you that you need to make a certain call, or visit a certain website to correct a problem.

According to KrebsonSecurity, a new phishing scheme is trying to separate Apple iPhone users from their hard earned money. One iPhone user who was targeted turned out to be Jody Westby, the CEO of  security firm Global Cyber Risk LLC. Westby received a recorded call on her iPhone that appeared to be from Apple. When she answered the call, a tape message said servers containing Apple ID numbers had been compromised, and that she had to call a specific 1-866 number before using her iPhone again. The information generated by the call (see image at the bottom of this article) would have tricked most people into believing that it came from Apple since it contained the correct address in Cupertino, and the real customer support phone number. There was one minor change that most people wouldn't have noticed; there was no "s" at the end of the "http" in the web address.

Westby called the real Apple Support number and was informed that the call she just received did not come from them, and was a scam. Meanwhile, KrebsonSecurity dialed the number that the message from the fake call had told Westby to dial (866-277-7794). That number was answered by an automated system claiming to be Apple Support, and eventually a man speaking with an Indian accent picked up the phone. The caller said that he was told to dial this number because of a problem with his Apple ID, and the bogus Apple Support rep hung up.

While it isn't obvious from what went down in this situation, the intention is to use the fake call to get an unsuspecting iPhone owner to call the bogus Apple Support number and pay for some unnecessary tech support. So be forewarned. If you answer a call from a number you don't know, and the caller starts asking for personal and financial information, or wants a credit card number to pay for some sort of tech support, hang up immediately.
 
Data generated by a fake call claiming to be from Apple. Note the incorrect web address. The other two calls not highlighted were from Apple

Data generated by a fake call claiming to be from Apple. Note the incorrect web address. The other two calls not highlighted were from Apple

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21 Comments

3. STRANG3R

Posts: 234; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

iPhone users are easy target and wealthy people coz they are maybe dumb and they already fallen for one.

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 5884; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Instead of letting herself fooled, she called the real Apple support line to make sure, than she callled the phishing line to check it out; yet, according to you, she may be dumb. Sounds about right...

11. iushnt

Posts: 3019; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

She helped to identify a scam.. yes he sounds right, she may be dumb....lol

17. Leo_MC

Posts: 5884; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You have got to love this dumb assess: they make us laugh :).

13. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 709; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

And you think android smartphones are also for wealthy people? Huawei porsche smartphones are a lot more expensive than the iphone. And many people bought them!

31. Vancetastic

Posts: 541; Member since: May 17, 2017

Are you jealous of the popularity of iOS? That’s what it sounds like.

4. lyndon420

Posts: 6273; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

No one is safe these days. I've been getting suspicious texts lately for bs stuff like this...I just ignore them and delete them.

6. whatev

Posts: 2020; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Indians really love doing this, I’ve received mails and calls from them trying to do the same with me not only trying to fake apple but also in other matters like faking huge oil companies trying to offer me a job, not a racist at all, but this kind of things are the ones that damage Indians image in the world

8. slashas

Posts: 108; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Same with Africans.

10. iushnt

Posts: 3019; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Same with humans??

18. whatev

Posts: 2020; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You’re right, but they are mostly on eBay or similar platforms to buy and sell things, I remember a hilarious one that told me he had sued me to the fbi and sent me a fake fbi accusation after I didn’t send a package to a guy who made a fake transfer to my bank account to pay for what I was selling, I laughed so hard, they are so cheap with their scams

27. sissy246

Posts: 6831; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

They tried one like that on my husband, he doesn't even have a ebay account, lol

16. mootu

Posts: 1254; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

You are right it is mainly Indians, there are many illegal call centres in India set up with the sole purpose of scamming people. If you check on YouTube theres hundreds of video's of people who track these scammers and give them a taste of their own medicine, usually they take control of the scammers PC wiping them out while the scammer is on the phone to them. In almost every single video the scammer is Indian. They got my brother in law by pretending to be from Microsoft support, they actally managed to get him to pay them £700. I told him to phone his bank and they stopped any payment but it is very easy for them to con people by playing on their fears of the internet.

26. sissy246

Posts: 6831; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

It's sad to have to say but true.

14. SIGPRO

Posts: 2806; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

A lot of fruit phone users are not that smart anyway.

19. whatev

Posts: 2020; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I believe you’re a professional doing this kind of scam, seriously, I do believe you are in that business

21. Georgio

Posts: 138; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

You are not very smart I have to say... How can you say such thing about millions and millions of people around the world? It’s like calling all android users poor and stupid, cos they don’t make enough money. I have a note 8 and an iPhone XS. I must be rich,poor,smart and stupid. Haha

22. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

If you are into phishing, you would go for a big fish not to those poor who uses < $400

28. sissy246

Posts: 6831; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Why don't you try making sense

33. NateDiaz

Posts: 1075; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Cause you won't understand that.

23. japkoslav

Posts: 1206; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Only people that refuse to use common sense might be affected. It's the rule for every phishing in history.

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