Hackers are using a new scam to try and obtain usernames and passwords from unsuspecting iPhone users.
It seems that the scam starts when the victim receives an SMS warning them that their ‘iPhoneID’ is about to expire, according to user Gh0sta, who posted about the scam on Reddit.
The SMS goes on to say that the user must click on link to “prevent loss of services and apps” and then obviously they must input their details.
The interesting part of the scam is that there is no such thing as iPhoneID and Apple wouldn’t ask a user for a user’s login in details anyway.
The message is always sent via iMessage and appears in grey in a similar manner to all messages sent by Apple, making it very easy to mistake the message as genuine.
Not surprisingly, Apple have been quick to issue a warning: “If you see a message while browsing the web that your iPhone, Mac, or other Apple device has a virus, or someone claiming to be from Apple calls and asks for your account name and password, you’re likely the target of a scam.
“Scammers use any means they can—fake emails, pop-up ads, text messages, even phone calls—to try to trick you into sharing personal information, such as your Apple ID password or credit card information.”
“Never share your Apple ID password or temporary verification codes with anyone,” Apple says on its website.
“Apple will never ask you for this information to provide support.
“Use two-factor authentication to protect your Apple ID.
“If you believe that your Apple ID has been compromised, change your password immediately.”
This is only the latest of a string of attacks with it being reported that only last month phones could become infected by criminals sending a single song.