As users become wiser at phishing scams, scammers produce manufacturers who are increasingly complex – like the very real Apple Support Scam that does the rounds, as reported by security expert Brian Krebs.
What happens, you get an automatic call that seems to come from Apple itself: the logo, address and phone number seem to be checking out. The call warns of a breach of data by the company and asks users to get in touch – with another number – to protect their Apple IDs before they do anything else.
When the fraud telephone number is called, when what seems to be a foreign call center. Krebs tried to call it and was put on hold before they were disconnected, so it's not clear exactly what scams should be.
Keep yourself protected
While the details are thin on the ground at the moment with regard to the purpose of phishing attacks, we know at least how it looks. Be careful of any calls you get out of the blue that appears to be from Apple Support.
As with any suspected phishing attempt, whether by email or phone, you do not follow embedded links or numbers. Instead, you can contact the company involved directly using the official numbers listed on the site. In this case, if you called Apple Support, they could confirm that they had not been in contact and that your Apple ID was good.
Scammers Continue to use a variety of tricks to try to get people to share with personal information or to install something that they really shouldn't. To minimize risk, keep all your apps and devices up to date with the latest security updates.