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  1. Common Apple Scams
  2. How to Beat Apple Scams
  3. Reporting Apple Scams

As a multinational technology company, Apple scams are common. According to a daily financial newspaper, Apple was the most impersonated brand in phishing scams during the first quarter of 2020.

Apple Inc., formerly Apple Computer, Inc., designs, develops and sells computers, electronics, smartphones, software, tablets, and more.

In 1976, Stephen G. Wozniak partnered with Steve Jobs to create a microcomputer. Their first model, a working circuit board, was the start of Apple, but the Apple II was the first microcomputer that appealed to the average person. This discovery revolutionized the computer industry, and Apple’s revenue increased to $117 million in the 1980s—the same year the company went public. In 1984, the Macintosh, a series of personal computers featuring a graphical user interface, built-in screen, and mouse.

Apple began to struggle after Jobs left the company in 1985—when Jobs returned to the company twelve years later, Apple was almost bankrupt. Jobs turned the company around with the introduction of the iPod in 2001, the iPhone in 2007, and the iPad in 2010. In 2014, Apple earned close to $40 billion in profits. 

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Phone: 1-800-275-2273
Website: https://www.apple.com
Contact page: https://support.apple.com/contact

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Common Apple Scams

Using well-known brand names is a common tactic of cybercriminals to trick consumers into revealing personal data or opening malicious web pages. So, we’ve compiled a helpful list of past and current Apple scams to help consumers stay vigilant and avoid falling victim to Apple hackers and scammers. These include the:

Apple Phishing Scam 

Phishing is a scam where hackers trick you into divulging personal information, such as passwords and Social Security numbers. They’ll send emails, texts, and other types of messages, which appear to come from a legitimate company, like Apple.

If you receive a suspicious email from Apple, don’t click any links. These links will lead you to an Apple scam website where hackers can steal your data.

Apple ID Phishing Scam

In an Apple ID phishing scam, hackers lead you to believe your account has been locked due to suspicious activity. You must divulge personal data, such as your Apple ID and password, to unlock your account.

Example of Apple phishing email.
Look for various red flags of fake Apple emails, including the sender's email not being an official Apple email address.

Apple requires user IDs and passwords to access Apple services like the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud, iMessage, and FaceTime. Once the scammers have this information, they will be able to access all of these accounts. Your Apple ID also contains sensitive data, such as your contact, payment, and security information, which the scammers could get ahold of.

Apple iCloud Scam

The Apple iCloud scam can be hard to catch because hackers have developed a clone of Apple’s pop-up iPhone notification, asking for your iTunes store login information. If you’re unsure why the password notification has shown up on your iPhone, hit the home button. If the pop-up doesn’t come back, it was likely an Apple scam. However, if the pop-up remains, it’s likely a legitimate password notification from Apple.

Apple App Store Scam 

Apple’s App Store has the potential to be hacked as well. You’ll always want to remain vigilant when downloading apps from this store. Scammers may replicate an image of a legitimate app and promise to provide a service in exchange for a fee.

Always check for misspellings or other errors that may signify an illegitimate app. You can also take a look at the reviews section to ensure you’re not being scammed.

Apple Support Phone Scam

You receive an automated call from a person claiming to be with Apple support. The recorded message indicates there’s been a breach in the system or suspicious activity on your iCloud account. The person says you must call back immediately at the number provided.

In most cases, the person who answers your phone call is a scammer. They’ll try to get your account information, your credit card information, or even remote access to your computer or electronic device to fix your account.

Ignore these calls and contact Apple directly. Apple doesn’t call in cases like this. Hang up and call Apple directly.

Apple Fake iMessage or SMS Text Scam

Gone are the days when we only had to worry about our email being scammed. As technology continues to evolve, hackers and scammers must get creative to trick consumers. You’re just as likely to receive a fake iMessage or a fake Apple SMS in place of the traditional email.

Example of fake Apple text message.
In this example of a fake Apple text message, the link clearly doesn't go to an official Apple or iCloud website. (Source: The Sun)

Scammers will say your Apple account has been locked due to many login attempts or something similar. Often, scammers will convey a sense of urgency by explaining severe consequences if you don’t act soon. Don’t click or reveal data.

Apple Browser Pop-Up Scam

In the Apple browser pop-up scam, you’ll likely encounter a random pop-up on your browser of choice. Often, these pop-ups will not allow you to exit without restarting the browser. The pop-up may say there’s some problem with your computer, and you must contact the Apple tech support number provided.

If you call the number, scammers will ask for remote access to your device, enabling them to steal your personal information. They may also request payment for their service. Don’t call. Just close.

Apple iTunes Gift Card Scam

The Apple iTunes gift card scam usually takes place during a phone call from a panicked person. This person claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a bail bond company, or a debt collection agency.

The scammer will say you need to purchase an iTunes gift card to pay off your debt. It’s unlikely that the IRS or other debt collection agencies will accept gift cards as payment. Hang up.

How to Beat Apple Scams

Apple provides helpful tips to recognize and avoid phishing scams or illegitimate support calls to avoid Apple scams, which include:

  • Protect your Apple ID
  • Use two-factor authentication
  • Never share your Apple ID password
  • Learn how to identify legitimate Apple emails
  • Never use App Store, iTunes, and Apple Store Gift Cards as payment
  • Learn how to keep your Apple devices and data secure
  • Never share personal information
  • Don't follow links in suspicious emails
  • Don’t open, download or save attachments from unsolicited email

Reporting Apple Scams

If you receive a suspicious email from Apple, forward it to [email protected].

To report spam or other suspicious emails you receive in your iCloud.com, me.com, or mac.com Inbox, send them to [email protected].

If you receive a fraudulent tech support call, you can report it to the Federal Trade Commission or your local law enforcement agency.

Scams Impacting Apple

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Apple Support Scam: Beware of Callers Impersonating Apple
13 December 2021 |

Apple Support Scam: Beware of Callers Impersonating Apple

If you receive a phone call from Apple Support, it could be a scammer attempting to steal your information and access your accounts.

Beware of Fake Apple Phishing Emails: Don't Click Any Links
8 December 2021 |

Beware of Fake Apple Phishing Emails: Don't Click Any Links

If you've been notified that your Apple ID has been locked, don't click the link in the email as this could be an attempt to steal your password.

Apple Pay Scams: How to Beat the Thieves Who Are After Your Money
5 August 2021 |

Apple Pay Scams: How to Beat the Thieves Who Are After Your Money

Apple Pay may be a convenient way to send money, but it's also become a favorite among scammers looking to make a quick buck at your expense.

Apple Gift Card Scam: Red Flags of Imposters After Your Money

Apple Gift Card Scam: Red Flags of Imposters After Your Money

Whether it's the IRS, Social Security office, or a relative, be careful with anyone asking for payment via an Apple gift card—it's likely a scam.

How Do You Beat Gift Card Scams? Never Pay Using Gift Cards

How Do You Beat Gift Card Scams? Never Pay Using Gift Cards

Beating this scam is simple—don't pay for anything using gift cards and don't give anyone you don't know or trust your gift card information.

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Tips to Avoid Fake Lottery Tickets Being Sold as "Winners"
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Received an Amazon OTP Text? It Could Be a Scam
22 December 2021 |

Received an Amazon OTP Text? It Could Be a Scam

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Be On Alert for Fake COVID-19 Tests That Rip You Off

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Amazon OTP Delivery Email: Protection Against Fraud
20 December 2021 |

Amazon OTP Delivery Email: Protection Against Fraud

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Publishers Clearing House Scam Mail: Red Flags

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Publishers Clearing House Scam: Red Flags of Fake Websites
16 December 2021 |

Publishers Clearing House Scam: Red Flags of Fake Websites

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Warning Signs of Publishers Clearing House Fake Checks

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If you receive a check in the mail from Publishers Clearing House from winning a sweepstake, don't celebrate just yet.

How to Buy a Used Car Safely: Protection From Used Car Scams
15 December 2021 |

How to Buy a Used Car Safely: Protection From Used Car Scams

Buying a used car from a private seller can save you money, but it can also make you vulnerable to various scams. Protect yourself and your money from used car scams.

Guides To Protect Against Computers & Technology Scams

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Fake AirPods: How to Spot Real Apple AirPods from Counterfeits

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Refurbished iPhones: They're Cheaper, But Are They Worth It?
2 December 2021 |

Refurbished iPhones: They're Cheaper, But Are They Worth It?

If you need a new iPhone but don't want to pay close to $1,000 for one of the latest models, you may want to check out refurbished models—you could save yourself hundreds of dollars.

How to Remove Malware From Your Smartphone in 4 Steps
22 November 2021 |

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While smartphones come equipped with built-in security features, malware can still infect your device. Learn how to remove viruses in 4 easy steps.

How to Check if an App is Safe to Download
10 November 2021 |

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News About Computers & Technology Scams

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Apple Fights Back Against Counterfeiters on Social Media
18 August 2021 |

Apple Fights Back Against Counterfeiters on Social Media

Apple creates a team for the sole purpose of removing fake products from social media sites.

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RobinHood Customers Are About to Be Phished—Here's What it Will Look Like (Examples)
18 November 2021 |

RobinHood Customers Are About to Be Phished—Here's What it Will Look Like (Examples)

Robinhood's latest data breach of 5 million email addresses means that Robinhood users are about to encounter a wave of phishing attempts.

Robinhood Users: Look Out for Scams Following Data Breach
9 November 2021 |

Robinhood Users: Look Out for Scams Following Data Breach

Robinhood recently suffered a massive data breach, exposing the information of millions of users.

$3.38 Million Lost in Squid Game Cryptocurrency Scam
2 November 2021 |

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Jumping on a social media or entertainment trend isn't always a good idea, especially when it comes to cryptocurrency.

UK Teen Uses Google Ads to Lure Victims to His Scam Website
28 October 2021 |

UK Teen Uses Google Ads to Lure Victims to His Scam Website

A teenager was found guilty of money laundering and fraud after scamming several people out of thousands of dollars.