Hockley County warning about scammers claiming to be from Apple

Hockley County warning about scammers claiming to be from Apple
Source: KCBD Graphic

The Hockley County Sheriff's Office has issued a scam alert about people who are pretending to be from Apple, claiming that iCloud accounts have been hacked, demanding payment in the form of iTunes gift cards.

The phone number is showing up as the actual Apple service number but this can be spoofed.

The release from Hockley County says:

Keep these things in mind:

1. Apple will not solicit from you, and will not call you unless you request to be contacted. Most major tech companies will not contact you first. Normally when there is an issue, the customer calls and requests an employee call back. If you receive a call out of the blue, it is likely not legitimate. When in doubt, hang up and contact the company yourself.

2. Do not give out any information. If you are called by someone and asked for personal or identifying information, do not give it out. Again, these companies generally do not call and ask those types of questions.

3. If you believe you have fallen victim, report it. If you think someone has scammed you please notify your local law enforcement agency. Another place to report these incidents is the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). There is also a link to their scam alerts at the following: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts

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