Criminals are preying on iPhone users who have lost their phone or had it stolen to nab more cash from the unfortunate owners. One unlucky man described how he was singled out by an expert hacker after having his phone stolen from a car through a broken window. Joonas Kiminki immediately logged his phone as lost and asked the Find My Phone app to send him an email if it was found.
The iPhone user later received an email saying his iPhone had been found and asking him to follow an email link to log in to his iCloud account to view its location. Kiminki was almost caught by the elaborate scam, but cleverly noticed the URL led to . com, and not a legitimate Apple address.
He believes the thieves who stole his phone found his name through Medical ID and used it to his email address — a smart trick used by hackers to gain access to people’s personal details. If the scammers had gained access to his ID and password, they could have marked the iPhone as found, unblocked the handset, wiped it and sold it as a fully functional device. Kiminki warns: “If you ever lose your iPhone, iPad or iPod, be extra alert for upcoming identity theft attempts.
“This is what Google. com and Apple should’ve told me 12 days ago when I searched for what to do. “The scam was so professional with perfect English and mobile responsive web pages that I consider myself lucky not to have given away my password.
” Kiminki’s tale comes after a fresh batch of iTunes scams were sent to customers across the globe. Customers were sent a fake invoice charging $30 for a song and urging them to log in to their iCloud accounts to cancel the purchase. Official Apple invoices do not contain this link, but the scam email takes customers to a fraudulent web page.
A statement on the technology firm’s website addresses the scam: “The iTunes Store will never ask you to provide personal information or sensitive account information (such as passwords or credit card numbers) via email. “Email messages that contain attachments or links to websites are from sources other than Apple, although they may appear to be from the iTunes Store. “Most often, these attachments are malicious and should not be opened.
“You should never enter your Apple account information on any website. ”.