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Watch For Scams Newsletter. Apple Account Frozen
November 10, 2013

Apple Account Frozen

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Apple Account Frozen

You may receive an email which claims to be from Apple, stating that your Apple account has been frozen temporarily in order to protect it. The message warns that, unless you open an attached file to validate account information, the account will remain frozen.

However, your account has not been frozen. The email is the work of criminals intent on robbing you of your personal and financial data.

If you get taken in by the trick and open the attached file as instructed, a fake Apple account login page will appear in your browser.

Once "logged in" via the fake page, you will be taken to a second fake form that asks for identifying information and credit card details.

After clicking "verify" on the second fake form, you will be transported to the genuine Apple website and may remain unaware - at least for a little while - that your information is now in the hands of fraudsters.

Armed with the stolen data, the criminals can commit credit card fraud and identity theft. They can also hijack your real Apple account and use it for their own illegal purposes.

Apple, or other legitimate companies, will never ask customers to provide personal and financial information via an insecure HTML form contained in an email attachment. Scammers are more often using fake forms sent via email attachments rather than links to fake websites in an apparent attempt to bypass browser phishing warnings.

If you believe you have been a victim of this type of scam you should promptly report it to the IC3's website at The IC3's complaint database links complaints together to refer them to the appropriate law enforcement agency for case consideration.

Remember - always watch for scams!


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