If you were hoping that 2019 would be better for security and there would be fewer hacks, then it seems like that you were wrong. 2019 is already off to a bad start, at least for iCloud users.
According to a new report, a new phishing scheme had started on 1st January 2019, and just like the regular phishing schemes, it tries to trick the users into handing over their credentials.
The attempt is rather simpler and straightforward. An email is sent to the user’s email account claiming that your iCloud account has been disabled due to some security reason and this is due to someone trying to access your account from another country and Apple protected you by disabling your account.
The email also provides a link to the users and asks them to unlock their account using their existing password and this where the users’ login information is stolen.
The email warns the users that if they do not login into their account using the provided link then their account will be permanently disabled.
However, you should know that the email is just a scam and has a lot of grammatical mistakes such as the email’s subjects reads: “Your Account has beens temporality (locked) for security reason!.” One can’t be easily fooled by such email.
If you have received any such email or receive it in future, then the best thing would be for you is to ignore the email and just delete it. You can also check whether the email is real and sent by Apple or not by looking at the sender’s email.
However, nowadays, emails can also be spoofed. So, the best thing that you can do is manually visit iCloud.com and log in using your Apple ID credentials. If the email is, in fact, a phishing scheme and there is nothing wrong with your account then you should mark it as spam and delete it.