Be aware! A new phone phishing scam involving Apple Inc. is now used to fool people.
The new crook scheme starts with an automated call that display’s Apple’s logo, address and real phone number that is sending a warning about a data breach.
The ingenious and also scary part is that if the recipient is an iPhone user who then requests a call back from Apple’s legitimate customer support Web page, the fake call gets indexed in the iPhone’s recent calls list as a previous call from the legitimate Apple Support line.
Researchers have already informed the Apple representative about the scam and also said that they need to tell people about this.
The same cybersecurity experts called the number that the scam message asked to 866-277-7794. Soon after an automated system answered and said: you have reached Apple Support, you have to wait about one minute and thirty seconds. Then after a minute later, a man with an Indian accent answered and told the reason for the call.
Playing the part of someone who had received the scam call, the man was told that an alert about a breach at Apple was received, then he requested to hold for a brief moment and disconnected.
Experts say that without a doubt this is just another scheme to separate the unwary from their personal and financial details.
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
Remarkable is the fact that Apple’s own devices or AT&T, which sold the phone can’t tell the difference between a call from Apple and someone trying to spoof Apple.
We told you before that voice phishing scams are getting more clever, nowadays phone phishing usually invokes an element of urgency in a bid to get people to let their guard down. Remember anyone unknown who wants you to call them back, don’t call the number offered to you by the caller. Relying on anything other than a number obtained directly from the company in question is extremely dangerous.
Advise your friends and loved ones to ignore calls unless they appear to come from a friend or family member, and most importantly to just hang up the moment the caller starts asking for personal.
Regarding this big security issue, Apple has not commented yet!
Keep in mind that our modern society is dependent on computers, mobile devices, and the use of the internet always stay safe and secured.
We would continue to monitor this cybersecurity problem. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.