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Beware of the New iPhone Scam Targeting Unsuspecting Users

By ScamRipper Jun 11, 2024 #Scam Awareness

Recently, a new iPhone scam has emerged, particularly affecting users in China. However, it’s essential for all iPhone users to be aware of this scam. The scam involves a “potential buyer” asking the seller to log into an Apple ID on the iPhone for sale, which then puts the seller in a compromising position. This article will explain the scam in detail and provide tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.

The Scam

When selling a secondhand iPhone, buyers often ask sellers to log into their Apple ID to confirm the device’s legitimacy and that the seller has fully logged out of their account. Scammers exploit this common practice. In this scam, the “buyer” is actually a scammer.

The scam begins with a seemingly genuine request to purchase an iPhone. The “buyer” then asks the seller to log into their Apple ID and take a screenshot of the phone’s home screen, claiming it’s necessary to prove ownership. Once the seller logs in, the scammer locks the phone remotely and demands a ransom to unlock it. This is a case of identity theft and fraud, making it crucial to be aware and cautious.

How to Avoid the Scam

To protect yourself from this scam, follow these precautions:

  1. Be Wary of Requests for Personal Information: Be cautious of any request for personal information, such as your Apple ID password or other sensitive details. Legitimate requests from Apple or trusted sources will never ask for this information.
  2. Verify the Authenticity of the Request: Before providing any information or access to your Apple ID, verify the request’s authenticity. Check the website URL or the email sender’s address to ensure it’s legitimate.
  3. Do Not Log Into Your Apple ID for Others: Never log into your Apple ID or provide personal information in response to a request from an unknown source.
  4. Contact Apple’s Official Customer Service: If you receive a suspicious request or have concerns about your Apple ID, contact Apple’s official customer service. They can help resolve the issue and provide guidance on protecting your account.
  5. Keep Your Apple ID Secure: Use strong passwords and enable two-factor authentication to secure your Apple ID and prevent unauthorized access.


This latest iPhone scam highlights how scammers continually evolve their tactics to deceive unsuspecting users. Awareness and caution are crucial. By following the tips outlined above, you can protect your personal information and Apple ID from this scam. Always err on the side of caution when dealing with requests for personal information or access to your Apple ID. Never log into an Apple ID that doesn’t belong to you for any reason.

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