Online fraud has been at its highest for quite some time!! As we move forward with technology and its security, the scammers are also advancing with their different and new ways of scamming people. Scammers are trying different ways to fool people and get their bank details or other details with one click. The number of online transactions has increased and the company that offers online payment options has done its best to make contactless payment options, such as Apple Pay and Google Pay, more secure and faster.
Apple Pay is a safe and secure wallet application. But Apple Pay fraud is still on the rise and customers need to be careful. Scammers send out text messages claiming that their account has been suspended, fraudulent invoices, and fake Apple support messages, among other things. They will try to steal money by obtaining banking and personal information. They try to mislead users in various ways and attempt to commit fraud by obtaining personal information.
HAVE YOU RECEIVED THE TEXT MEEASAGE “APPLE PAY IS BEEN SUSPENDED”?
Recently, many iPhone users have claimed that they received a text message saying that their Apple Pay has been suspended. Apple has stated that it is aware of such text messages as they have not issued any of these, and the SMS claims are not true either. If you received this text message, you should avoid any activity involving that text and instead report directly to Apple’s official site.
IS THIS TEXT MESSAGE LEGIT?
NEW! It is rumored that hackers are trying to obtain Apple ID credentials from iOS users by warning that the Apple Pay feature on their iPhone or iPad will be disabled soon. They exploit the stolen iTunes accounts for illegal operations such as spamming, phishing and other black market activities.
This is a scam text message going around and you don’t need to respond to that text message. If you respond, chances are your online and banking information will be exposed to scammers. Apple has not forwarded such a message, nor has Apple Pay been suspended.
SOME SIGNS YOU NEED TO KNOW!
Emails and other messages that appear to come from an official site such as Apple but are not, ads and popups claiming that your device has a security problem are fake, phone calls or voicemails purportedly from Apple Support its scam. Promotions that offer free items and prices but aren’t real, Calendar invites, and subscriptions you don’t want.
The text usually comes from a random number and not officially from Apple, despite the fact that scammers can fool you by having authentic phone numbers. The URL itself is unusual in that it leads to a random website rather than Apple. You will never be asked for your iTunes account credentials in email correspondence from Apple.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU CLICK ON THE LINK?
If you get a text saying Apple Pay has been suspended, don’t respond. Clicking on the link will take you to a page that looks real and claims:
“Apple Pay has been suspended on your device. You can continue to make contactless purchases after you reactivate your wallet.’
Clicking the link will take you to a site page where you will be asked to enter your personal information, such as your name, address, and date of birth, as well as financial information, if applicable.
After entering your username and password, you will likely be prompted for more personal information. Your date of birth, address, and full name are often listed, as are bank account and credit card information in many cases. Scammers may be able to access your banking information and steal your money if you disclose it on this bogus site.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU RECEIVE SUCH TEXT?
If you receive an unexpected text or email suggesting that something is wrong with your Apple Pay account, check it on your iPhone or contact the official Apple Help Center directly.
If you receive a text message and suspect that something is wrong, do not click or respond to any of the hyperlinks in the text. If you do, they will take you to a clone website that looks just like Apple’s official site. Your login details are requested via a form. By providing them, you’re putting your Apple ID and password in the hands of scammers!
So, for your own safety, do not respond to the text and do not click on unknown links. You must report phishing emails to Apple at: [email protected]†
AVOID SUCH SCAMS!
Never reveal your password, any form of OTP or authentication information to anyone and never use any links in the message. Report suspicious emails impersonating Apple to: [email protected] † You can also block unwanted texts and calls and report suspicious iMessages by pressing “Report junk messages” below the message.
Until next time, with another topic. Until then, Toodles.