Recently there have been lots of scams and phishing schemes surrounding NFTs, and this latest Apple ID phishing scam is what the hackers have been getting up to lately. @Serpent, the founder of DAPE NFT, wrote about a new phishing scam on Twitter that has already cost one victim $650,000.
How MetaMask Apple ID scam works
Once they know your Apple ID email address, scammers will make a lot of Apple ID password reset attempts, and you will receive many text messages, making you worry that there’s a security issue with your Apple ID.
Then, scammers will impersonate Apple and contact you via phone. They inform you that there was suspicious activity with your Apple ID and that to prove you are the genuine owner, they need you to provide a 6-digit verification code.
In fact, the code was generated when the scammers tried to log in to your account. With it, they can reset your Apple ID password and gain access to all the data stored on your iCloud, including the seed phrase of your MetaMask wallet.
What does that mean? Well, they can then take control of your MetaMask account and transfer all your crypto assets away. What’s worse, since cryptocurrencies are decentralized, it would be nearly impossible to get them back! Watch out!
How to protect yourself — 5 tips
- Double-check callers’ phone numbers, but keep in mind that caller IDs can be spoofed. Besides, remember that Apple will most likely not call you.
- Never share any verification code with anyone.
- Use a cold wallet to store your crypto assets to avoid phishing scams.
- Disable iCloud backups for your MetaMask data via Settings > Profile > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups. Also, turn off automatic iCloud backups via Settings > Apple ID/iCloud > iCloud > iCloud Backup.
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