Poisoned Apple Scam

At least this scam isn’t coming from the Democrats:

Phone scammers are tricking people with claims of an iCloud hack

If you get a phone call claiming to be from Apple warning of an iCloud breach, beware: It’s a trick.

Telephone scammers are cold-calling people, claiming that iCloud, Apple’s cloud service, has been hacked, and asking them to give up their accounts details.

They seem to be exploiting the recent headlines about a group of hackers who claim to have access to hundreds of millions of iCloud user accounts. (In short: iCloud wasn’t hacked, although bad password practices mean many people’s accounts are still vulnerable — but more on that in a moment.)

There are numerous accounts of people being called by the fraudsters online. Glenn Fleishman, writing for Macworld, says his wife was called five times by them. Twitter is full of similar tales — with some people falling for the phishing scam.


Earlier in March, Motherboard reported that a hacking group claimed to have hundreds of millions of iCloud logins. Apple says it hasn’t been breached — meaning this data was likely to have come from a previous hack elsewhere, like LinkedIn.

The problem is that people keep reusing their passwords over and over. This means if a site where they have an account (e.g. LinkedIn) is hacked and their password is made public, then every other service where they have an account (e.g. iCloud) is now vulnerable.

And that’s the important point. In theory, phone scammers can’t do anything if you don’t give them your details or do what they say. But if you’ve reused the same password multiple times, then anyone might be able to gain access to your account.

Mom got about ten of these calls yesterday. She doesn’t even own any Apple products. A couple days ago she got a call from the IRS that said they were gonna come arrest her if she didn’t call them right back.

Although these scams seem transparent to us, lots of seniors who aren’t as knowledgeable and sophisticated as we are get suckered in every day. Because of the way these crooks operate they are hard to track down and prosecute. The local cops can’t do anything and the Feeb isn’t interested unless it involves large sums of money.

I pity the fool who tries to steal my identity. I’ll make him keep it.


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63 Responses to Poisoned Apple Scam

  1. If she had been a reporter during Watergate she would have ignored the corruption and focused on identifying and prosecuting “Deep Throat”.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think this will be our first TinFoil Week 😀

      During Watergate, the media did all the investigating, now the media seems to be providing cover for the crooks. Just imagine in a world where Nixon was a Democrat………. ( playing Twilight Zone theme )

  2. helenk3 says:

    I have noticed that since I moved to Florida I have been subject to more scams than I ever knew existed,

    I did get the IRS call. I told them that I was al sharpton’s niece here illegally from Syria.

    I got a call from a guy claiming to be a border agent holding two pkgs that contained checks for $250.000. All I had to do was sent a check to their embassy that just happened to be in a small town in VA. The address was a private home. Notified the local police where the house was located and also the local police in Fla. both said there was nothing they could do about it.

    I got a check in the mail for $8900 with a letter saying I won the publisher’s sweepstakes. all I have to do was deposit the check then call them with my banking info so they could deposit the weekly checks. That check looked so real the 3 managers at my bank were not sure about it. Yes it was a scam

    I notified the Florida Attorney General about these and got told they were scams, Well No Shit Sherlock I knew that. Again nothing they could do about it.

    • DandyTIger says:

      Every time they say there’s nothing they can do about it, ask them if that’s an invitation for you to start scamming like that too. I mean, if they can never do anything about it, why shouldn’t everyone do it. 🙂

    • DeniseVB says:

      Fortunately, my bank/savings/credit card providers have phish emails, whenever I get a “scary” email, I send it to that address and they will respond almost immediately that I’m not in deep doo-doo and it helps them track the scammers.

      We got the IRS threatening message, it is intimidating, so we called our CPA, who’s done our taxes for over 25 years. ( as an insurance since my dh decided to name his LLC “Snakeoil Contruction”…. including a logo with a snake wrapped around an oil can…just screams audit, doesn’t it? 😉 ) He told us it was a scam, the IRS doesn’t call, they send out a couple of letters, then a visit from an IRS spook.

      So when VISA called me that my cc had been breached, “were you shopping in Paris AND Ecuador YESTERDAY” ??? Yeah right, I hung up on them. They called back, really it was a serious question!!! Seems hackers test a card with tiny amounts, before they go for the biggy purchases. I had my card cancelled, issued a new one and what a PIA, took me months for them to stop tracking my new card to confirm purchases. It’s gotten better, since they seem to know when I book travel/hotel to a certain city, I may be using my card there too? Progress!

  3. DeniseVB says:

    • lyn says:

      I want Pepe on his shoulders too.

    • NewOrleans says:

      Cernovich scoops everyone with the Susan Rice reveal – and this is just days after Sundance @ TheConservativeTreehouse scoops everyone about Evelyn Farkas.

      Neither are getting the credit they deserve, but we all know who broke these stories – and they did without massive staffs, million dollar databases and cushy access to the bigwigs.

      They are just Deplorables getting the job done! I’m so proud.

    • Cernovich is as trustworthy as any journalist these #FakeNews days. Better than most.

  4. Mt.Laurel says:

    I live and work amidst those who have chosen to reside in an alternate universe. I have just been lurking because I am on overload. Work has been busy but the real efforts has been in dealing with the crazy pussy zombies that seem to be everywhere. God. They are awful. I have had to explain why someone was told one should not have a talking Trump toy on their desk at work so they can make fun of the President all day long. These people work In the DOJ. The DHHS employees had to have it explained that they cannot refuse to work on a project because it relates to defunding PP or deconstructing Ocare. Their supervisors evidently already tried pointing out such behavior is not acceptable but they appear to be missing the point. I have to explain that President Trump is their boss. If they do not like the boss they can quit. That is how it works in the real world.

    I then had to expand my lecture to those who work for contractors and that if they want federal money (and jobs) they need to be adults and keep their political views off their desk and out of the office. Or once again. Quit.

    Then they were using work resources to send out information on contacting congressmen and senators on filibustering over Gorsuch and saying they will accept nothing less than Obama’s choice of Garland. Got called on it and do not understand why it is wrong. Their main reason is because the MSM has told them Gorsuch hates women and treats them like children. Once again I had to explain that the President is Trump and he does not take orders from the Obamas or Clintons or the Bushes – or whoever the Idol of Circle D is for the day and really they should pick their battles because they just seem to be mad they did not get their way and are throwing one HUGE tantrum.

    Then there was more whining over how the Trumps have all these legal problems, “Russia, Russia, Russia”, and the Trump women are *(&^%#. I lost it at this point and said they need to keep in mind that even in Maryland, one out of three voted for Trump and you do not know who those people might be. And even when volunteering, you need to be mindful that others may not share your views and keep politics out of the equation. I suggested they need to keep in mind how they would have reacted if those who did not vote for Obama has responded the way they are – because it is not just annoying – it is embarrassing and childish. This did give a couple of them pause – but I am sure it is not for long.

    The obsessive fanaticism and level of hatred of the pussy zombies and their cohorts is unreal. This behavior really has reinforced that although Trump may not have been my first choice, his election has really uncovered the ugliness that has been brewing here in swampland unchecked for years.

    Vent over.

    • DandyTIger says:

      I love a good rant. Too bad we can’t just smack people like that.

    • Ann says:

      Most of what you wrote is just crazy. Oh, I do not doubt one word of what you wrote, and that is what makes it so crazy. What is wrong with these people!? DOJ and DHHS people objecting to, and trying to subvert, Trump? The swamp is long overdue a clean-up. I do not envy you your job.

    • lyn says:


    • mcnorman says:

      Mt.Laurel, I hear you. My kid tells me stories day in and day out. No sympathy from me, just lots and lots of loud laughter.

    • lateblum says:

      How crazy-making is that !?! Honestly, you just can’t make this kind of thing up. These people are both stupid and spoiled. At some point, I hope they learn this kind of protest or open criticism of their boss will do them in.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Is there someway to spray paint those folks’ faces blue so they can walk around and let everyone else know how immature they are? AFAF.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Need to start enforcing The Hatch Act for all federal employees and contractors. I know it is for active duty military. Any business should stay as far away from politicizing their product as possible, it’s just bad business. Great rant’o’vent, that’s what we’re hear(pun intended) for, you’re not alone 😀


    • taw46 says:

      I think you are right, we would not know how bad this is, but for Trump. And how did this happen? Much worse than I ever could have imagined. My mother had a close childhood friend who worked in DC for a long time. We visited her many years ago, she was so professional, I had no idea what party she belonged to. Sadly, those days are long gone. My thoughts are with you, what an unpleasant working environment.

    • blowme0bama says:

      They need culling ML. There are LOTS of Trump supporters who would LOVE to have those jobs.

    • I hear you, ML. Thanks for that report from the field. Truly bizzaroworld we’re living in.

      I work in another kind of swamp, training social workers. 75% of them are SJWs on steroids, at least in the beginning. Another 10% are whacked out right-wingers, as in “The Indians brought that on themselves.” Then there’s the random occasional (actual) racialist (white & black). About 10% are normal people. I have to ask questions like, “Should the state-run child welfare agency pay parents who abuse and neglect their children the per diem we would pay for foster care in cases where stress from poverty was an underlying need?” You would be shocked at the number of people who think this is a good idea. SMH

      This world is crazy and getting crazier.

    • Somebody says:

      Mt. Laurel, document, document, document. Sounds like some agencies need briefings on the Hatch Act. In the meantime, document, help drain the swamp.

  5. lyn says:

    Today’s presser …

  6. lateblum says:

    On Saturday afternoon my dd#1 came over here to install a VPN so my ID would be protected. She then went to her brother’s house and did the same thing. Both she and ds were slightly panicked about the bill that had been passed on Thursday (?) that supposedly undid the legislation that bronco had signed into law last year guaranteeing internet privacy. I don’t even pretend to know/understand the bill of last week. But, in order to assuage my dd’s concerns, I agreed to allow the VPN to be installed. I am having some difficulty logging into some sites, but it’s saving me money. lol.
    Also last week, I turned on my iPad and was directed to change my access code (password) so I could unlock my device. I wonder if that is related to the iCloud scam referred to in the post. Since I hadn’t really changed it in the past while, I actually did make that change.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I’ve had AOL, since 1996, so I’m such a dweeb at IT, because in the past 21 years if I’m not happy AOL has always made it better 😉 I dare not leave this plantation……

      • lateblum says:

        I don’t blame you one little bit. I didn’t have to change anything — yet. But things are running a bit more slowly and some websites (i.e. Target) won’t accept me any more. Can you imagine being shunned by Target??? Oh the humanity!!! Really it will save me only a little money. Amazon still loves me, though (even though they can’t figure out where I now am linking from…..). I prolly should’ve stayed with AOL from the beginning. Being with c o m c a s t hasn’t been any picnic. They have honored me with increasing my monthly rare to such an extent, I have to “cut the cord” in April when my “contract” ends. So I bought a new amplified digital antenna, a new tv with wireless connections, and unless I can connect through WiFi, I won’t be seeing FBN, C-SPAN, or any of the very few programs I actually watch after I disconnect. Oh well, I’ll see more Netflix and Amazon Prime movies and probably read more after mid-April….. And all the new equipment I purchased still didn’t come close to the new rates over a short time. This is with only internet and expanded basic digital. The results of a monopoly…… I never enjoyed playing the game, and I dislike the real thing (monopoly) even more.

        • DeniseVB says:

          SMH….just as I posted my KnowItAll experiences, dh sent up to my mom cave laptop an email and link from an old friend’s email address. I clicked, it was spammy. Now I’m wondering if my old DU and DKos *friends* are getting the link to beauty cream too. OY! I need to clean out my email box.

          • lateblum says:

            Hah! I was just ordering a stand/riser for my new tv on Amazon, and they offered me translation to/from Spanish if I needed it! My dd#1 said that the VPN reroutes my signal so that it bounces around and wherever I’m linking to, can’t tell what part of the world I am in. I can see that this could be pretty effective for people who want to do harm. #SusanRice comes to mind. In fact, VPN has been around quite some time. I wonder if this is how terrorists get their emails through without being found out. I hate thinking out loud.

  7. dm says:

    I rarely got a scammy call before I “retired” and began getting SS…now it is nearly every day. I’ve gotten the IRS, Publishers Clearinghouse, Microsoft. I usually look up the numbers and most of the time there are scam reports. One evening I got a call from a guy with a local number. I say hello, he says who is this? I’m like who are you calling? Long pause and he proceeds to tell me that he got a call from my number with my name from some scammy solar company, they were rude, he asked to speak to a supervisor and they hung up. I explained to him how they can mask their real number and laughed that they were now using mine. My best friend’s mother got scammed by some locals who knew she was elderly and living alone. Then they decided to come back for seconds and did a home invasion, tying her up and taking all her money. Took a while, but they were caught and all of them went to jail. Unfortunately, she died before the sentence was handed down. These people need to be taken out…literally…I have ZERO sympathy.

  8. helenk3 says:


    this is a weird story.
    I can understand wanting to establish a back channel to avoid a lot of problems.
    1 why make is public?
    2 why Eric Prince. Blackwater has a really bad name?

    • lateblum says:

      Every time I see the name Blackwater, I shudder. It harkens back to the BushII war in Iraq. And I think of all the corruption that went with the name.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Blackwater’s training center was like 30 miles from us for years during Bush2, in the NC boondocks. One of them bought our last house in ’97, for the easy commute? He paid cash, he was making a million a year. He since left Blackwater, now a small town sheriff in SC. He’s happy 🙂

      • Blackwater is a Lefty boogerman.

  9. swanspirit says:

    It is bizzarro world over there in buffoon land, for certain. I read it just to see how f’d up they, and especially John, can be. They never disappoint. The cult of Obama is alive and well, and the light of truth will never shine in their dark corners.
    The more that is uncovered, of the corruption of Obama, the more grateful I am that Trump was elected. I am absolutely certain much more will be uncovered, as time goes on, as the swamp is deep and dirty.
    And I know I have said it, and others as well, but these people were convinced they would continue in power, and gave no thought to laws they broke, or any possible consequences. They seem to be mostly blacks and white , or concrete thinkers . Ds good Rs bad, with no in between, and no real values. Just, the end justifies the means, and if that means lying cheating stealing violence etc, so what.
    That was Obama in a nutshell.
    They fail to understand even the simple principle of the tides. The tide must go out , before it can come in again. And the Trump tide is taking quite a bit out with it, before it comes in again.

    • DeniseVB says:

      One of my favorite stories about Trump was about a golfer on one of his courses that beat a swan to death with his club. Seems one of the swan parents was protecting the nest, Trump banned that golfer forever from his courses. I’ve loved the Trumpster ever since !

  10. Venus says:

    Please God, I know I said if You helped Trump win that I would not ask for anything else, but please, please, please let that smug, lying POS Ben Rhodes go to jail re: this Trump wiretap thing.

  11. AFVet says:

    What the hell does SMH stand for ?

  12. Venus says:

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  14. helenk3 says:


    gee all those people who fought to end segregation seem to have fought for nothing. Black lives matter want it back

  15. mothy67 says:

    Special shit.
    Kid has a vizio smart tv you can get few apps I have a kindle fire stick freeform has all the Twilight movies. We,fought about fire stick. I was,always giving in. Just not letting her know. Yes she got my fire stick and I ordered a new one. So worth the battle. Twilight is bigger than Potter for her. I have grown up so much in ten years. I would have fallen apart 5 years ago thinking she might read about vampire sex. I wanted to shield and protect. I still think she is too young for many things, but its there 24/7. I have to roll I only serve if I can see what she sees. I can’t judge. Ugh I have at least 14 more years. I will let go at 25.

  16. mothy67 says:

    Everything your 5th grader Needs to Know ha the n word. I love the book not because it spews racial epithets. It’s very approachable. I have to go back and see how and why n word was used. It was in poetry section. I’m a fan of few poets. My guess it was contextually appropriate. Crud asked me if she could swear. All her friends are doing it. I told her I did not give a fuck. Salty language can be fun. I said it can also be ugly. Says a lot about the person using the words. How they use them. I don’t want her to have a gutter mouth, but over a decade she has heard me say fuck off. It’s funny she doesn’t really listen to me. I have zero authority, but she does nothing wrong. We walk back from tae kwon do. I say no no no. Nothing from convenience store. I lose. Always. She is sooooo funny. She asked if she could swear. I cannot believe how blessed I am. Her parents are frequent fliers to psych wards and prison. She is asking permission to say fuck. I have had to grow up a lot in ten years. I can be very conservative. Kids get inundated with so much. They all have smartphones. Madonna offers oral sex for votes its on the playground next day. I am a gay prude. Never did I think I would discuss oral sex with a KID. It is terrifying. What do you do? Can’t ignore. You go awkward and pray you said nothing wrong. I never want her to know shame but I am her great gay Catholic uncle. Guilt is my thing. I don’t always think guilt is bad. I am 50 and no virus. I was conservative. I lost many friends. Eary 90’s was bad. My job thirty years later is to protect her. It sucks. Imagine how I feel when she is listening to a song and says TT what’s my junk. She is my friend. I have to answer. Ugh. Baby junk is your vagina. Shoot me. I will endure but I cannot take it.
    My friends have a gay son. They think his 37 year old boyfriend is fine. He is 16. I just can’t. Iwant to go t o sleep for next 10 years.

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