APPLE’s iCloud is used by scammers to steal money from iPhone users.
The scammers take advantage of the fact that photos and videos stored in iCloud are very sentimental for most people.
The scam appears as a message pretending to be from Apple’s iCloud service, NBC affiliate WGAL reported in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
A victim told the news outlet a story about a fake iCloud message she received.
It threatens iPhone users to update their payment method or their photos and videos will be deleted.
The scammers use scaremongering to create urgency in hopes that you will fall for the scam without a second thought.
The message redirects people to a link that supposedly serves to update their storage plan, but it actually redirects them to a fake website that aims to hijack their credit card/personal details and steal funds.
The victim said they only realized it was a scam after checking the email address it came from.
They noticed a string of letters and numbers unrelated to Apple or iCloud, and no name in the email.
To avoid cheating, WGAL recommends keeping emotions out of play, as excessive joy or worry can cause you to lose judgment.
“Many scams can be avoided by taking a moment, putting emotions aside, and examining the details,” WGAL said.
Other scam news states that summertime travel is gaining momentum and scammers are using this to their advantage.
These are fake websites that pose as popular travel brands, send fake travel surveys, send fake airline websites, or offer abnormally low prices.
Apple has also issued a warning to iPhone users to beware of a suspicious call attempting to steal money.
It’s important to be wary of scammers who use a fake phone number that may resemble the official number to pose as a legitimate company like Apple.
Both scams also aim to steal your money and personal information.