If you're an Apple user, here's a new scam to look out for: an official email is making the rounds, targeting customers for their personal information.
Users have been receiving an email with markings that look almost identical to an official email from Apple confirming a recent purchase that they haven't made. From there, there is a link to cancel the purchase if it was unauthorized. Once users click the link, it takes them to a website asking for their name, Apple ID username and password, address, birth date, Social Security number and credit card number.
One woman, who was asked not to be identified, told The Morning Call that when she took the email to the Apple Store, an employee told her she had been deceived.
"This is a lesson learned the hard way," she explained. "Apple said even though it looks official, iCloud would never send you a bill. It would come from iTunes with the Apple logo."
In turns out that woman was not the only one who has been targeted by the hoax. Other Apple users have taken to Twitter to warn others of similar email scams.
Being wary before you click on any links or enter any personal information is key. Take the following precautions when confronted with a suspicious email to avoid identity theft:
1. Always check who the sender is. Even if the email seems legit, hover your cursor over the address to see where it really came from; if there isn't a match, be wary.
2. Never download any attachments or click directly on any links. Instead, it's worth it to directly type in the website in a separate browser if it is related to an account you have.
3. Keep an eye out for bad grammar or any typos. These are often a direct giveaway that it's a fake email. Legit businesses proofread their communications.
4. Always protect your personal information. Use basic reasoning and if you are ever questioning it, contact the site if you are suspicious of why they need information like your social security number.
If you find yourself in a situation where you've entered personal information like your login credentials or payment details, monitor you bank transactions and change your Apple ID password and any other accounts that use the same password and username combo. If you believe you have mistakenly given criminals access to your social security number, visit socialsecurity.gov for next steps.