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Possible iPhone scams

posted Jun 20, 2014, 11:24 AM by Craig Cox   [ updated Jun 20, 2014, 11:24 AM ]
Several users around the college have reported receiving phone calls on their iPhones, with their own telephone numbers listed as the caller ID.  This can have a couple of different causes.

First, a scammer (or even a dishonest advertiser) could "spoof" the Caller ID, displaying your own number in the belief that this is not at all suspicious and will cause you to trust the call.

Second, someone who has compromised your AppleID account may be trying to clone your telephone.  This is the more serious of the two possibilities, although I have not seen any confirmed cases yet.  If you have received such a call and are worried about hackers with access to your AppleID, the best thing to do is to change your AppleID password.  Apple has a helpful how-to article here.

If you choose to change your AppleID password, please pay close attention to the last sentence in that article:  "The next time you use an Apple feature or service that uses Apple ID, you'll be asked to sign in with your new Apple ID password."  iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices that use AppleID will demand the new password, where they normally don't.  This is expected when you change your password.