Don't Open a Text Saying Your Apple ID Has Expired
If you received a text from a number purporting to be Apple, firstly, don't open it, and secondly, it's not from Apple. The phishing scam informs the text recipient that their Apple ID has expired and to follow its link to retrieve it. Once at the website, which does not have an Apple domain but looks eerily similar to the iCloud site, the user is prompted to enter their personal information to "unlock" their account. The hackers are not only after your Apple ID, they also ask for your address, passport number, and credit card number.
If you have unfortunately already entered your information on the scammer's site, do not panic! Head over to Apple's genuine password retrieval site and change your information. Be sure you don't make the mistake of making a weak password, however. For those who have not received the text, stay mindful of these types of scams! Screenshots of the text and the site are shown below.
Anyone else received one of these Apple ID texts? Is it all above board or is it some kind of phishing scam? pic.twitter.com/KUfMZtggUF
— Dave Vitty (@davidvitty) April 16, 2016