If someone calls you and claims they’re from AppleCare… hang up.  That’s the new Apple scam making the rounds in the area.

Darien Daily Voice reports that several area residents received such phone calls.  They also, thankfully, didn’t fall for them and alerted police.

However, with scammers becoming craftier, someone might find themselves duped out of $300.

So, here’s how this Apple scam operates.  Scammers will spoof a number, normally showing up as 512-634-0520, and claim to be from AppleCare.  According to some potential victims, the caller has a heavy Indian accent.

The scammer then warns you not to use your phone or laptop because someone hacked it.  While it seems plausible, take a deep breath.  This is how the scammer hopes to make you their next victim: by scaring you.

Of course you never want someone to hack your belongings, but you have to ask yourself how would Apple know that?  How could they know that someone compromised your phone?

“Because they’re big brother?”

Well… that’s debatable.  But, most of the time, electronic companies don’t do surveillance on their products after you buy them.  That’s why we buy antivirus and malware protection, right?

Anyways, it’s not like a bank that does watch over your account activity.

If the scammer successfully spooks you, they immediately offer a resolution.  They instruct you to download AppleCare to allow them remote access to your device.  They make it seem they can easily block the hacker and make everything go back to normal.

Oh, and, once they “service” your phone to take  care of the “problem,” they will ask you to cough up $300.  In iTunes gift cards.

Yes, what Apple employee asks you to pay them in Apple currency?

Scammers normally ask for prepaid cards because police can’t trace the money.  While banks can restore funds that were taken from you, they won’t reimburse you for a purchase you willingly made.

Apple says if you receive a call like this, hang up.  If you have a nagging feeling that something could be wrong with your device, call Apple via their customer service number to make sure everything is a-okay.

From there, they’ll probably tell you that you just beat a scammer and that everything seems fine with your stuff.

Scammers rely in either flattering or pressuring a potential victim, so don’t fall for it.  If it sounds too good or too scary to be true, it probably is.

So, protect your money and your sanity and just hang up on this new Apple scam.  Might want to alert your vulnerable family members who might trust a complete stranger.

Anyways, what’s the most convincing scam you’ve come across?  I once fell for a PayPal phishing email because it contained no grammatical errors and the logo was pretty accurate.

Scammers, man.  They keep getting craftier…


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