By Mike Jones
In August 2020, I received a phone call, which I thought is was from Apple Support for Apple iCloud Account Breach. This was a robo call from phone number 1-800-836-0845. When I got the call, I said to myself, I don’t even use Apple iCloud. Why would I be getting this phone call notification? This is when I started my own investigation into this matter.
What is the Apple iCloud? It is downloadable software for iPhone/iPad created by Apple. It was release in October 2011. The software is used for cloud storage and cloud computing service from Apple. In 2018, there were estimated 850 million users who the software for storing emails, contacts, calendar syncing, media storage, location of lost mobile device, and much more. Some information came from Google.com
There is other cloud software out on the market too. They are Microsoft OneDrive, WhatsApp, Dropbox, and much more. It is unknown if scammers will do a similar robo call to get people’s private information too.
Here is what I found. When Googling the phone number search results come up from the FTC.gov. This type of scam is similar to the Social Security scam. It works the same way. The scammers are looking to collect money and or information. Sometimes both.
Next, I conducted a search about the Apple iCloud Account Breach. Here is what I came up with. There have not been any posted content on this topic in 2020. It is unknown if these are the same type of scammers from 2017, 2018, 2019, and today. Either way the general public needs to be informed.
In 2018, there was an Apple discussion on this topic. There seems to be a combination of emails and robo call messages from individuals who posted in this forum. For more information on the Apple community discussion please visit discussions.apple.com/thread/8286968
Back in 2014, there had been some security issues with the iCloud. Yes, a foreign news media reported about intimate celebrity photos were stolen and leaked from their iCloud. Here is the article link at www.bbc.com/news/technology-29045789 . Since then, security features have been upgraded, changed, and adopting privacy-preserving technologies like end-to-end encryption of the users data. For more information please visit support.apple.com/en-us/HT202303
Finally, before contacting any business with your personal account with a breach, always verify the information yourself. This will save you a lot of time and money. Apple will never call their account holders. Just hang up if you get a phone call about this topic.
Otownfun will continue to go after any scammers that we encounter. We continue to write these types of articles as a public service announcement. No one should ever be scammed. In the end, these scammers will be caught and will sit in jail for their crimes. You do the crime; you pay for your crime in jail. Enough said.
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