Scammers these days often go to very elaborate lengths to convince gullible users to hand over their Apple IDs and passwords. One of the latest scams has users getting fake text messages that tell them to log into a scam site to stop their iCloud account from being deactivated.\nThe Mac Kung Fu blog has more details:\n\nAn extremely convincing iCloud phishing scam site has surfaced. The site uses the URL http:\/\/signinicloud.com (DON\u2019T visit it!) and looks and feels just like Apple\u2019s existing https:\/\/appleid.apple.com website.\nVictims are invited to visit the site via a fake SMS\/iMessage received in their iPhone, such as that shown above, and subsequently invited to input a range of personal details \u2013 including credit card number.\nInputting any username and password to login to the phishing site \u2013 even something like email@example.com and password \u2013 returns a message that the account is locked. The user is then invited to input everything from credit card number, to home address, and security questions such as mother\u2019s maiden name and driver\u2019s license.\nMore at Mac Kung Fu\n\n\n\nThe original report about this came from a thread in the Apple subreddit, and redditors there shared their thoughts about this latest attempt to scam them:\n\nTangoHotel: \u201cJust out of curiosity, I went to their website. I signed in with a fake account and password and was shown a prompt saying \u201cyour account has been locked for security purposes\u201d then asked to verify my account by filling out everything from name and address all the way to credit\/debit card information (I used a credit card number generator).\nIt even asked to set a \u201csecurity question\u201d that had \u201cmother\u2019s maiden name\u201d \u201cpassport number\u201d \u201cdriver\u2019s license number\u201d as options. After filling everything out, it \u201cprocessed\u201d then said that I\u2019d be signed out and have to log back in. Then it sent me to the legit Apple iCloud login (green characters in the address bar).\u201d\nHeadHunta: \u201cDamn man, that\u2019s pretty elaborate stuff. It\u2019s easy to see how someone could fall for that and think all is well when they\u2019re redirected to the legit apple page and log in like everything is fine.\u201d\nIdudd: \u201cThey can get far more elaborate. Back in the day before 2fa, there were phishing scams going about for PayPal\/eBay. The page was scripted with php and curl, so that when you enter an email and password, It would attempt to login to the real site, it would display a usual bad username or pass msg if the details were bad.\nHowever if the details were correct, it would then retrieve all the available information, e.g. Name, address, last digits card number, card type etc\u2026 And it would then display a page asking to verify your account information, with a semi pre-filled page with your information. I must admit I\u2019m surprised to see that the phishers are now using SMS instead of emails, but I guess it means they don\u2019t need to worry about spam filters as much.\u201d\nMcDevalds: \u201cAnd after surging around your account info on the legit apple website, you wouldn\u2019t even think twice about all the questions \u201cApple\u201d asked earlier, and might even forget. Sometime in the near future, a month, or next year, poof, credit cards maxed, locked out of iCloud, etc\u2026and you\u2019d not likely remember this little website from months ago.\u201d\nWise_joe: \u201cI always assumed that the people who fell for phishing attacks were complete tech illiterates, but I\u2019ll confess that had I clicked a link believing that it was to an Apple site, and that screen showed up, I\u2019d have believed it.\u201d\nMore at Reddit\n\nAlways go directly to Apple\u2019s sites for help with products and services\nIf you are ever in doubt about the status of your Apple ID, iCloud account, etc. make sure that you go directly to Apple\u2019s sites. Never click links you get in SMS, Messages or in email because you just never know where they will take you.\nApple\u2019s support page is a great place to start if you are having problems or if you think something is wrong with an Apple product or service. You can contact Apple directly to obtain assistance, without worrying about being victimized by a scammer.\nThe Apple support page includes help for all of Apple\u2019s products including the iPhone, Apple Pay, iCloud, OS X and everything else. So it might be a good idea to add it to your bookmark list for future reference if you are ever in doubt or need assistance.\nDid you miss a post? Check the Eye On Apple home page to get caught up with the latest news, discussions and rumors about Apple.