Apple, with a market capitalization of over $900 billion, has piqued the interest of many. It is ranked number 9 in the world (Fortune) and at the top of several significant American corporations (Forbes).
Their name precedes them in the public eye. Apple, like many other companies, has been a victim of frauds.
Even if they have a reputation for being extremely secure and virus-resistant (iDrop), they can still be targeted by scammers who want to steal your personal information, such as login passwords or financial information.
Here are the some most Common and Dangerous Apple Scams in Use:-
Flash Installer Malware
The false programme seems to the user to be legitimate since it performs the same functions as the real software. According to iDrop News, one example is software called “Snake.”
It looks to be an Adobe Flash installer, but when prompted, it downloads the correct software. What people don’t notice is that it’s also in the background installing harmful, false software. This allows scammers and hackers to gain access to your sensitive information.
The simplest method to avoid this is to only download programmes from the App Store or from known and trustworthy sources (such as downloading Adobe Flash right from the Adobe site). Take a look at the software/ratings app’s and reviews as well. You’ll usually be able to detect if it’s a reliable source.
Scam related to Tech support
This form of Apple scams, which is becoming more common than we’d like, usually takes place on your browser, and the criminals only want your money. Scammers will infect your browsers, with Chrome being the most typically infected, with a message claiming that your computer has a problem.
They’ll tell you to phone their support number, which is displayed on the computer screen, and you’ll be asked to pay for whatever service they claim they’ll deliver.
Do not be alarmed. If there is an issue with your computer, tech support will not contact you in this manner. To avoid handing up any personal information, simply dismiss the affected tab in your browser.
iTunes gift card scam
In these types of Apple scams, you’ll get a call from someone who appears to be in distress (iDrop). They pose as representatives from the IRS, bail bond businesses, or debt collectors. To pay off your debt, you must purchase an iTunes gift card and provide them with the card number.
Always be aware that gift cards are not accepted as payment by the IRS or other comparable entities. Also, the IRS will never call you; instead, if required, they will send you a letter in the mail.
iCloud phishing scam
Scammers have designed a very similar pop-up to obtain your personal information, similar to how we are frequently solicited for our iTunes store password on our iPhone.
If you’re not sure why you’re being asked for a password, press the home button. It’s a scam if the pop-up disappears and does not reappear. If it persists, it is a valid password prompt.
In-App purchase scam
These con artists imitate the appearance of a legal app, promising a service in exchange for a charge. Examine the app’s reviews if anything seems wrong, such as the app’s title or misspellings. This will enable you to determine whether you are installing a valid software or not.
Browser pop-up scams
Browser pop-ups are prevalent and, to be honest, aggravating. They appear at odd times and don’t always let you close them without restarting the browser app. It frequently recommends you to call the offered tech support number so that they can remotely access your device and then steal your personal information.
If this occurs, simply close the web browser and the tab in which you are working. This number should never be called because the scammers have no way of knowing if your browser has genuinely crashed.
We are just as prone to receive scammers by SMS as we are via email in today’s world of rapidly changing technology. They’ll claim your account has been locked owing to anything like a significant number of login attempts, exactly like the email frauds. These con artists claim that if you do not act fast, you will face terrible penalties.
DO NOT click on this link and enter your personal information to save your account if you’ve observed a pattern here. Because the fraudster now knows the phone is being used, simply clicking on the account will subject you to further texts.
Mails from Apple
Receiving emails from Apple is very regular, but the sender’s address is something we should be wary of. Often, fraudulent emails will appear to be genuine. The email will say you are locked out of your account, similar to the phone call frauds. A link will be delivered to you to validate your account.
Remember: Apple will never ask you for personal information in this manner. Remove the email from your inbox and do not provide any personal information to an unknown sender. When in doubt, always call Apple.
Phone call Scams
This type of Apple scam is getting less common as technology advances, yet it still exists. It will usually come from an Apple “support technician” who will explain that there has been a “breach in the system” or that your Apple account has been locked. They will ask for your personal details in order to validate your account.
Remember that in situations like this, Apple does not call you. Hang up and call Apple if you’re unsure. Always be cautious about disclosing personal information to people you don’t know.
*Apple’s customer service number is 1-800-275-2273.
Fake Invoice and receipt scam
It looks that you have previously made a purchase in one of these scams. This’receipt’ will usually include a link to cancel the ‘buy,’ which will take you to a page where you must provide personal information.
When you cancel a purchase, Apple, unlike many other companies, does not ask for personal information. It’s also important to keep an eye out for the email address from which it was received. Most of the time, it does not appear to be genuine. Simply delete the email without clicking anything.
Phishing is a term given to describe deceptive attempts to obtain personal information from you, mainly through email. Scammers, on the other hand, will use every technique they can to get you to share information or give them money, including:
•Emails and other messages purporting to be from legitimate companies, such as Apple, are phishing scams.
•Pop-ups and advertisements that claim your device has a security concern are deceptive.
•Phone calls or voicemails purporting to be from Apple Support.
•Promotions that offer free products and prizes but aren’t real.
•Calendar invitations and subscriptions that you don’t want.
If you receive an unexpected message, phone call, or request for personal information or money, assume it’s a Apple scams and contact the company immediately if necessary. Apple can assist you if you’re concerned about a security issue with your Apple device.