New Apple ID text scam targets UK customers

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iPhone users have been targeted in a new text message phishing scam that asks them to confirm their iCloud details on an external website.

The message, which claims to be from Apple's Support team or iCloud team, says: "[Name], Your iCloud ID has been deactivated. To reactivate your account confirm your details here: [Website link] - Apple".

The scam is not a breach of Apple or iOS security, but a phishing scam that relies on people trusting the link enough to click through and enter their details.

Apple has not issued an official statement but reiterated past advice to customers and suggested they read about how to tell if a message or email is a phishing scam.

One customer, who did not wish to be named, told ITV News that she clicked on the link and compromised her details: "I rang Apple and I was told by support to change my password, because I'd already given my password and they could use it to access my phone.

"I was also told to check in future that URLs start https not just http, as that means it is definitely Apple."

Apple also suggests users report the scam to with a screenshot, the email address or number that sent the message, and the date and time that the message was received.