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Top Apple Scams of 2020

Apple scams grow more sophisticated every year, and they cover everything from basic phishing and nefarious phone locks, to clever scammers disguising themselves as legitimate Apple support staff. So it's important to be aware of the most pervasive Apple scams before you become a target. If you know the scam is out there, you can take precautions to avoid falling victim.

The Apple Support Scam

The Apple Support scam involves the scammer calling you and posing as Apple Support. If you have an iPhone, the call will look legitimate and even get slotted in with other calls you've placed to Apple Support. Fall for this scam, and the scammers will try to obtain sensitive information like your passwords, credit card details, or even social security number.

If you ever receive a call that looks like it came from Apple Support, don't answer it. Call the real number for Apple Support, which is available on Apple's official contact page, and tell them about the suspicious call. If there are any actual issues, they'll be able to help you out.

The Apple Phishing Scam

The Apple phishing scam typically comes in the form of an email that looks like it really came from Apple, although you may receive a phone call or text message instead. The scammer will attempt to obtain your Apple ID password, bank account details, or other financial information.

Never provide sensitive information via email, text, or over the phone. If you receive an email that looks like it came from Apple that asks you to select the link or call a number, don't blindly do so.

To avoid falling victim to the Apple Phishing scam, contact Apple Support directly through Apple's website. If the email you received was legitimate, they'll be able to tell you.

The iPhone Lock Scam

Th iPhone lock scam is very serious, because it usually happens after a scammer has already obtained some of your sensitive information. Armed with your personal information, they may be able to lock your device, then display a message demanding some form of payment to unlock it.

If you get hit by this scam, all you can do is contact Apple Support. The problem is that the scammer probably has access to your account, so you may have to go through an extensive process to prove your identity.

The iMessage Scam

This is a variation on other Apple phishing scams, with the twist that it comes through iMessage. When targeted by this scam, you'll typically receive an alert through iMessage that your Apple ID is about to expire, or that your account has been locked due to excessive login attempts. The scammer will provide you with a link via iMessage, prompting you to enter sensitive information if you follow the link.

To avoid being a victim of this scam, don't tap any suspicious links you receive through iMessage. Contact Apple Support directly, and they'll be able to help you if there are any legitimate issues with your account.

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