Travel scammers are always innovating, as seen in the new scam that’s the subject of today’s tip. As reported by security expert Brian Krebs, “A new phone-based phishing scam that spoofs Apple Inc. is likely to fool quite a few people. It starts with an automated call that displays Apple’s logo, address and real phone number, warning about a data breach at the company. The scary part is that if the recipient is an iPhone user who then requests a call back from Apple’s legitimate customer support Web page, the fake call gets indexed in the iPhone’s ‘recent calls’ list as a previous call from the legitimate Apple Support line.”
If you get a suspicious call like this, the best way to protect yourself is to hang up and call the company—whether it’s Apple, your bank, your carrier, whoever—directly.
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