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Question: iMessage at 4 am stating AppleID locked

Hello = woken by an iMessage on my phone at half 4 this morning stating

“The AppleID associated with this number has been locked for security reasons

please follow link to unlock your account”

then a bit.do - link - ( haven’t opened this)

Guessing this is fake ??? Any help/advice appreciated - tia - Amanda

iPhone SE

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Mar 17, 2018 12:38 AM in response to APAashford In response to APAashford

Very likely fake. The things below mostly talk about emails but similar is happening with texts and phone calls.

Identifying legitimate emails from the iTunes Store - http://support.apple.com/HT201679 - lacking in specifics, the next link is better:

Avoid phishing emails, fake 'virus' alerts, phony support calls, and other scams - https://support.apple.com/HT204759

Forward attempts as an attachment (in MacOS Mail use the paperclip icon) to: reportphishing@apple.com then delete it.

- Apple e-mails address you by your real name, not something like "Dear Customer" , "Dear Client" or an e-mail address.

- Apple e-mails originate from @apple.com or @itunes.com but I think it is possible to spoof a sender address

- Mouse over links to see if they direct to real Apple web sites. Do not click on them as this just tells the spammer they have a working e-mail address in their database.

- Phishing emails may include account suspension or similar threats in order to panic you into clicking on a link without thinking. They may report a fake purchase in order to infuriate you into rashly clicking on a false link to report a problem. Mar 2018 post by Niel https://discussions.apple.com/message/33129140#message33129140 - "Emails saying that your Apple ID has been locked or disabled are always phishing. If one actually gets disabled, its owner will be told when they try logging into it instead of through email."

- Apple will not ask for personal information in an e-mail and never for your social security number anywhere.

https://blog.malwarebytes.com/cybercrime/2018/02/panic-attack-apple-scams-apply- pressure/

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