What Is Phishing Scam?

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Have you recently received an email saying your Apple ID is temporarily blocked, just like that out of the blue? If you haven’t performed any actions and don’t even remember the last time you’ve logged in on a new device or browser with your Apple credentials—the best plan is to do nothing. This can lead to malware infecting your Mac, money, and data loss. 


Read on to find out what phishing scam is and how not to fall for such scam schemes. 

Is an official Apple email address?

Today, cybercriminals devise more and more sophisticated schemes luring Mac users to become their victims. Emails get hacked more often too. If you wonder if is legit—the answer is yes with its official domain.


If you have an email from in your inbox—make sure you are taken to the right webpage before you click any links from that email. If it’s a scam email—the url underlying the link leads you to a phishing site.


To see if it’s a phishing email:

  1. Double-check the addresser’s email to make sure it was sent from Apple’s domain. Note: emails from Apple are “donotreply” ones
  2. Hover over the link, but do not click it. Make sure the link leads to and not to a third party site

Keep in mind that Apple wouldn’t send you an email saying your account has been locked or threaten to disable your account forever, for no reason at all. Read on to learn how to detect if it’s a phishing scam. phishing email scam

Another phishing email Apple users receive is the one using How is it different from the scam scheme?


Such emails claim an Apple user has created a new account. What is asked of the recipient is to verify their email address. What's the catch here? The recipient's name is wrong and untrue. Plus, if you decide to reply—you'll be able to do that. And it's a fact that legitimate Apple ID emails are "donotreply" ones.


What to do:

  1. Report. If you've received such or other phishing emails looking like from Apple—forward them to
  2. Don't take any action. Don't reply, follow links, or give your personal information
  3. Check twice. It's never a bad idea to double-check what's in your inbox. Tip: Look closely at the original email headers

What does the scam email exactly say?

At first sight, it might seem legit, but check for the following:

  1. A message that your Apple ID was used to sign in on a new browser
  2. Date, IP address, and some random country (usually, Albania or Russia)
  3. A message: Your Apple ID has been temporarily disabled for security reasons. When you see these alerts, you can go to
  4. A clickable link to
  5. Strong suggestion to do this within the next 24 hours phishing email text


If your Apple ID is locked or disabled for real, you’ll be notified about this when logging in via pop-ups. Not via email.

What can the "" scam email do to you?

Cyber thieves use the “” scam scheme to steal your sensitive information, namely logins and passwords for Apple ID accounts. The fake website visually looks exactly like the Apple official website. However when you open it take a look at the address bar—it looks like a phishing site. The trick here is not to follow any email link and not give in any Apple ID credentials. phishing website

What can the cybercriminals do with your Apple sensitive data?

It’s not just a feeling that you’ve been scammed that comes along with this fake link. Your stolen sensitive information can be used to sign in to your iCloud account to access files, conversations in messages, and other data. Plus, cybercriminals can purchase using your money on the iTunes store.

How to remove virus

What to do if you’ve clicked and followed all the “instructions” of the Here’s plan B.


Step 1: Change password for your Apple ID

Delete the email from your email account. You may also report this to Apple. Next, change the password.


macOS Catalina

  1. Go to System Preferences—Apple IDPassword & Security
  2. If asked—type your Apple ID password—then click "Forgotten Apple ID or password"—proceed with the instructions. Skip step 3 below
  3. Choose Change Password. Before resetting your Apple ID password, you'll need to enter the password you use for unlocking your Mac
with with enter Mac admin password box

macOS Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra:

  1. Open System Preferences—iCloudAccount Details
  2. If asked—type your Apple ID password—click "Forgotten Apple ID or password"—proceed with the instructions. You can ignore the next steps
  3. Choose the Security tab—click Change Password—type in your Mac admin password
apple id security tab

Step 2: Scan your Mac for viruses

You can take some precaution steps to delete and prevent viruses on your Mac:

1. Download and install MacKeeper 5

2. Go to the Antivirus tab

3. Click Start Scan

mackeeper 5 antivirus tab

4. Wait till the scan is complete. It may take a few minutes

5. Delete the detected threats by MacKeeper

Bottom line

Take a good look at your inbox and decide whether an email is trustworthy or not. If any suspicion arises—don’t follow any steps provided.


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