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