Raleigh, N.C. — An important warning from Apple for its customers: Don’t answer if you see a call from them. It is very likely a scammer trying to take your money.
Scammers are spoofing Apple support numbers. That means the caller ID on your phone will show up as Apple, Inc., Apple Support, AppleCare or something similar.
Many people across the country have been taken for thousands of dollars. A friend of mine was targeted and said it was one of the most believable and scary ordeals she’s ever been through.
The message from the caller usually involves some sort of data breach, compromised account or suspicious activity with your iCloud account. Some are so sophisticated, the call displays the Apple logo, the correct Apple support phone number, even their Cupertino, Calif., address.
It’s an effort to get into iCloud accounts and to get you to pay money to fix your computer.
Don’t fall for it. The warning from Apple posted online: “If you get an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be from Apple, hang up and contact us directly.”
Legitimate Apple support will not ask for your Apple ID, password or iCloud credentials. Be sure to share the warning.