From – KnowBe4
Between 3 and 4 million smartphones are stolen every year. It’s your modern-day purse snatching. Many people put their entire private and work lives on these devices which can cost up to 500 bucks. Losing a device or getting it stolen can feel like a disaster, way beyond just the monetary loss.
Cyber thieves count on this panic and abuse their victims twice in this sophisticated iPhone scam. They count on you wanting to prevent a negative consequence and social engineer you. Nothing is sacred. Here is how this goes down:
- Your iPhone get stolen.
- You go online and turn on the Find My iPhone Activation Lock.
- Shortly afterward you get a message that the phone is found but you need to go to this website and verify your Apple ID. You quickly do this.
- Gotcha! It is a spoofed Apple iCloud site and when you enter your credentials, these go straight to the scammers who now own your account and unlock the phone.
- You’ve been social engineered and the thieves will sell the phone. Nothing to do but go to Apple, change your password and set up 2-factor verification for your account but the phone (or iPad) is gone forever.