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Don't fall for this incredibly real-looking but fake malware pop-up message

Don't fall for this incredibly real-looking but fake malware pop-up message
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We've been warning you for years not to fall for email phishing scams. That's when hackers send you an email with a malicious link or attachment.

If you click on it or open the file, the hackers take you to a real-looking, but phony website where they trick you into giving your personal information to them. They use that information to steal your ID, your Apple ID or make purchases with your credit card.

Or they install malware onto your computer, so they can remotely take it over. Then they go on a virtual treasure hunt, without you knowing it.

Now, hackers are phishing on your smartphone, sometimes with text messages. But be on the lookout for fake requests for your Apple ID, warns a prominent app developer.

The potential problem is with your Apple ID. If you use an iPhone, iPad or access Apple content from iTunes, you have an Apple ID.

Unfortunately, app developers can easily trick you into giving them your Apple ID, said Felix Krause. He said he created a fake Apple ID request that looks incredibly similar to the real one. See below.

"For moral reasons, I decided not to include the actual source code of the popup," he wrote on his blog page. "However, it was shockingly easy to replicate the system dialog."

Don't Fall for Phishing Scams

If you're a long-time Komando.com reader or you listen to the Kim Komando Show, you know how to spot an email phishing scam. There are tell-tale signs.

You want to look for clues such as misspelled words that seem odd for the reputable company that supposedly sent you the email. If you're suspicious, go to the company's website, get their contact information and call them.

It's not so easy to spot a fake request for your Apple ID, as you can see in the image above. So, what should you do?

Here's what you must know: First, slow down. Instead of just filling in your Apple ID credentials each time you see the request above, make sure it's a legitimate request from Apple.

To do that, touch your home button. If it closes, it was probably a mobile phishing scam.

Second, go to Settings when you're prompted to enter your Apple ID password. Enter it there.

Note: Be on the lookout for this Apple ID mobile phishing scam. The scam has not been spotted in the real world yet. But Krause proved that hackers can easily create this scam. If you spot it, would you let us know in comments?

Don't fall for fake "iPhone 8 giveaway" Facebook pages

Warning! If you're one of the 2 billion people logging onto Facebook each month, you know you'll see tempting offers for a FREE iPhone 8 or iPhone X. Before you click, keep reading to find out the scary truth about these "ads."

Click here to find out how to spot this Facebook scam!

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