SCAMMERS have cooked up a vile new trick to rob unsuspecting iPhone owners blind.
They’re using fake Apple support calls to fool people into handing over private information – and the rotters could be after your bank details.
The phishing scam was uncovered by cyber security whizz Brian Krebs, who regularly posts hack and phishing warnings to his website.
He found that fraudsters have set up fake automated calls that ring hundreds or even thousands of numbers hoping to hook you in.
The call tells you something is wrong with Apple’s servers in a creepy robotic voice.
It is so well disguised that its caller ID displays Apple’s logo, address and official phone number.
The voice orders you to call a special number to clear it up, but dialling the code will take you straight to the scammers.
A fraudster on the other end of the line will ask what you what the problem is, and then request you give them your private information.
Krebs was alerted to the scam when Jody Westby, CEO of US security firm Global Cyber Risk, told him about an automated call she received on her iPhone.
When he called the number given to Jody, a man with an Indian accent answered the phone, and asked him why he was calling.
After a few minutes in which Krebs played along, the man hung up, meaning it’s unclear what the tricksters are after.
Historically, phishing calls aim to steal the identity or bank details of unsuspecting victims.
The phishing technique appears to be isolated to the United States for now, but could easily makes its way to Britain.
The scam is another sign that phishing is becoming better at tricking innocent consumers, so you should always be vigilant.
Phishing can take place over email, social media, texts, phone calls and more, and often pretend to be someone you know or trust in order to siphon information from you.
Phishing calls often ask you to ring a second, unofficial number before trying to scam you, so this should come as a red flag.
If you’re ever in doubt, you can always go to Apple’s Support website and ask a Support member directly whether they contacted you.