It seems that hackers are trying to get hold of your Apple ID via a phishing scam sent via text messaging – it appears there are two different types of text messages being sent out.
Users on social networks are asking “Are these text messages real?” The scam Apple messages look like they are from Apple themselves – they use carefully constructed wording and URLS to fool us into thinking they are legitimate.
iPhone Apple ID text message scam
One message is like this
The Apple ID associated with this number is due to be terminated. To prevent this please confirm your details at – Supportatapple.com – Apple Inc
The other message is more sneaky and actually quotes your name
<your name> your Apple ID is due to expire today. To prevent termination confirm your details at appleidlogin.co.uk – Apple Support.
This one would probably trick more people as it looks very real especially because it uses your name.
The links they use also look quite real, but of course they are not, they take you to a fake website or phishing site and once you give your user name and password you are told you are locked out of your account and you have to give more information such as your credit card details to unlock your account.
We used to see a lot of apple phishing; emails trying to get hold of our personal information, and the SMS messages are exactly the same thing, They are trying to be clever and catch people off guard, as you may not pay as much attention when looking at your phone whilst you are mobile.
If you do receive this message please do report it and of course do not click any of the links or enter any private information.
For more information take a look at the Apple website – Identifying fraudulent “phishing” email