A New iMessage Scam is Going Around—Here’s How to Protect Yourself

Reddit user u/Gh0sta shared a new iMessage scam that has been going around. The scammer sends a message with a URL, which is undoubtably a malicious link that sends you to a fake website. This is called a phishing attack, and aside from not tapping on that link, there might be something else you can do.

The Scam

As shown in the image, a contact called “iMessage” sends people an SMS message that says: “Your iPhoneID is due to expire today. Tap <link> to update and prevent loss of services and apps.”

There is no such thing as an ‘iPhoneID’ of course, but some Apple customers may not know that. Additionally, Apple doesn’t text people with this sort of warning. The company has a support page in place for just this situation.

Screenshot of the iMessage scam.

What To Do

Apple says if you get a scam message like this through iMessage, you can take a screenshot of it and send it to [email protected]. If you get an iMessage from someone not in your contacts list, you’ll see a “Report Junk” option under the message, which will forward the text and sender’s information to Apple.

Since this appears to be an SMS message, not iMessage, that option might not work. Instead, the FTC provides a website to help you report text message spam. If you are an AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint or Bell subscriber, you can report spam texts to your carrier by copying the original message and forwarding it to the number 7726 (SPAM), free of charge.

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