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The Australian Apple Scam That Is Being Sent To THOUSANDS

There is a thing known as ‘smashing’ in the text industry, and it is happening today across Australia.

A text is made to make it look like it is coming from somewhere it isn’t, and today it is iPhone and iPad users that are becoming the victim.

In typical style, messages are spamming smartphone users containing a link.

The messages will often suggest that your Apple ID has expired, or that your account has been temporarily frozen as a security measure until you have confirmed you are the real owner.

The idea is that you will trust the link and click it, which will then take you to a fake Apple ID log in page.

On that page your Apple ID and password will be grabbed, and – in some cases – the attackers may push their luck even further by asking for your credit card details and other personal information.

By giving out your contact information, it can mean they can get into your photos that are on your iCloud account and could even tap into your internet history.

So, if you receive an SMS Phish on your smartphone what should, you do?

• Report the URL included in the scam message to Google’s Safe Browsing team. If the URL is found to be phishy then they will ensure that Google Chrome and other browsers are updated to warn internet users of the risk.

• If possible, report the number that has sent you the phishing SMS to your mobile phone carrier. Some have set up specific numbers through which users can forward any spam and phishing messages they have been sent. Again, this helps protect other users.

• Don’t reply, and don’t click on the link!

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