By - PlayboiNugget
Scammity scam scam. Stay away. Notice it’s not iCloud, but lcloud with an “L”. Pathetic.
That's what I call a sharp eye. Nice catch, dude.
Yeah they scare you so you click on the link.
Also the website is www.www-lcloud…
Dude. Look at the link. Does it end in “.apple.com”? No? Then it’s a scam.
I think the www- is what gives it away for me 😂
To be fair. This is something my parents
& (much much older) brother would fall for. Parents know to check with me first before clicking links in emails and texts that they are not 150% certain about. My brother on the other hand still has a basic ass abc123 Password no matter how many times I tell him to change it:
*“bUt HoW iS aNyOnE gOinG to PosSibLy GuEsS iT!?”*
My point is I guess. Some people are just not good with spotting scam (especially phishing) attempts and some people just don’t seem to care. I assume OP & friend are in the group that isn’t able to easily spot a scam but good on them for knowing to seek advice/help.
but apple owns icloud.com
It isn’t an icloud.com url. It’s a scam
I know, i'm just making sure that pork chop knows there is multiple apple links.
There is only one Apple iCloud link….pork chop.
JFC. Hive mind needs to lay off. No one was calling anyone pork chop but you in a snarky snap back. u/suffering_shadow here was referring to u/porkchop_d_clown as pork chop since that’s their handle, not as a put down like yourself.
Pork chop said if it’s not from apple.com…. Shadow added that they also own iCloud.com. As a addendum to what apple owns that things might originate from. Not to say “but they own iCloud.com and that’s what this is from”. No. Any idiot not being a hive mind with their head up their own ass can see this plainly.
The point shadow was trying to make for the extra dense:
> Dude. Look at the link. Does it end in “.apple.com”? [or iCloud.com?] No? Then it’s a scam.
Apple owns apple.com and icloud.com, do some research if you don't believe me.
It ISNT icloud tho. It’s lcloud. No Apple link goes by the name of lcloud lmao
We all know this.
It's not even lcloud. It's lcloudsecuritycheck.
It’s not even that, it doesn’t follow the correct syntax
It’s www- that’s not even remotely correct
It’s the Spanish cloud duh
That wasn't the point. Someone was being snarky on the basis that it doesn't end in apple.com, and they were being told that's not the only legit URL you should be checking for.
Stop being pedantic, Apple doesn’t even allow you to reset an iPhone’s passcode through iCloud so your point is moot to begin with.
Except that doesn't say "[icloud.com](https://icloud.com)", does it?
Didn’t say apple.com either so your example is moot.
Apple does not own icloudsecuritycheck.com
No no. I think this one is legit.
Here's an important tip.
If \*\***ANYTHING**\*\* ever says "*without verifying, access will be granted*" It is definitely a ***BIIIIG*** red flag.
Thank you, also, I can’t seem to be able to edit this post to tell people I figured it out already. It doesn’t give me the option
There’s always the delete button
Nvm, I can’t edit an image post 🥲
It should definitely be the other way around
All of the ways it is a scam address (useful for learning how to identify others:
- a dash instead of a period (dot) after www
- the lower case L instead of an i (one more reason I personally hate sans serif fonts).
- A domain other than a known one (apple is known for apple.com and icloud.com . If they wanted a security check, they would use something like securitycheck.apple.com, keeping apple as the top level domain. Scammers will often confuse people by putting a different name next to the.com, as they did here)
In the case of an iPhone, verifications are made by push directly to the phone. Backups are sent by email depending on preferences. And, if the device was locked, it would show up on the screen. (You can try it by going to the “Find My” app and putting it into lost mode).
To unlock the phone, they would need the user’s AppleID, and then once they had that, they’d need a device that would receive the 2FA push.
Thank you for this helpful info, I knew it was a scam, was trying to just make sure lol
I’ve never seen this. Thank you for posting.
I was actually debating deleting it because I kept getting replies after already confirming, but evidently it’s better to keep it up so other people can see the helpful info from this sub. Also thank god someone changed the flair to solved lmao
You should be able to turn off notifcations for the post.
I did this morning haha, all good now!
Yeah it’s a scam
Apple never sends update via message 🤣🤣. Ask them to change the apple id password right if they have visited the link and tries signing in
- First of all the link doesn't end in '.apple.com'
- Second of all it's Lcloud and not iCloud
- Third, they usually don't mention the storage for this kind of stuff
Also for sure „unlock will be granted WITHOUT verify”, yeah.
It doesn’t need to end in .Apple.com since there is an iCloud.com but the rest is fishy yeah
This is a scam..
It's a phishing link.
To identify a scam like this, here are a few tips:
1. Look at the phone number, if it looks like a normal phone number like yours, then it’s probably fake. If you are not sure, Google the phone number.
2. Apple’s text messages don’t come with an Apple logo symbol, although it makes sense to, in my experiences with Apple Support, Apple Verification, and Apple iCloud texts, I have never saw an Apple logo symbol like this:
3. Check the link that came with the text, if it has auto-preview with an Apple logo, it’s probably real, if it’s *.apple.com, it’s definitely real. if you are not sure, again, Google it, you can never be too safe.
4. Apple don’t usually send text messages to you, if they do, it’s usually for 2-step verification, if not, a copy should be sent to the email linked to the Apple ID.
5. For emails, if it has an attachment, it’s a scam, otherwise check the email address, it must end in @apple.com or @icloud.com (there might be others, please correct me if there are)
For more information: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204759
And lastly, is it asking you to log in immediately to prevent harm? 2FA is “verify to gain access”, not “verify or protection goes poof”.
Since I can’t edit any text into this post (my bad), I just wanted to give a big thanks to this sub. I knew it was a scam but my friend just needed some reassurance, and I was shocked by how quickly I got a reply and definitely how many more I got! Some of you also provided some useful info as well, and I’m glad that subs like this exist that are actually active and people can go to for help. Thank you all! THIS HAS BEEN SOLVED BTW lol. Have a good night or morning!
That’s what I figured, for context he had his old phone stolen like Saturday.
Likely they can’t unlock it and send him this to get his password.
He thinks they unlocked it with the passcode because find my iPhone said it was “seen”
They still needs iCloud password to reset the iPhone because the activation lock, if you suspect they get in the phone, erase it using the find my iPhone app so other stuff like keychains and other saved passwords are not leaked.
It's a scam that people use to steal login credentials. I'm assuming your friends iPhone got stolen. Thieves somehow find the appleID associated with the stolen phone and attempt to phish is to get past activation lock
A good point was made by an Apple fraud agent when I almost got SCAMNED by a Classic: ‘This is Very Serious, someone in CANADA (foreign place) has been charging stuff through your Apple account’ , and then they come up with a list to my exact devices.
Turns out that if you put in a request to a legit Apple iCloud or iTunes/AppStore account, they can get a list of your devices-color-memory configuration - model, by using I forgot my bla bla . Or some such loophole…..(which I hope has been dealt with!)
That way you think it’s legit. It’s NOT. Especially when they offer to put the MONEY back into your iTunes or other rechargeable DEBIT CARD account in a matter on minutes, not HAVE to get your credit card company and Apple get ……..all letters/ legal taking weeks-months to fix this……
I had the guy on the phone for TWO HOURS, cause I had to: Get dressed, walk to my car, go drive 10 miles to town and get a rechargeable DEBIT card, then load it with, say 300 cash…….OH YAAAAAA! “This stuff takes So Much Time, sorry buddy, ALMOST there!!!!!”
After the 2 hours. I asked the guy if and how much longer we were gonna play the SCAM GAME?
I guy cursed out in some Indian or Pakistani language.
My friend has all time record of Fucking with scam calls. Hell keep em going for hours, and knows just how to read them……..I’ve listened in on a few (speaker phone), while sipping on, more than a single cold beverage…….FUCKING PRICELESS!!!
Faker than donald trump taxes
It’s a scam. The URL is a giveaway.
Learn to read URL and you will never need to ask us. Even if it is shortened, allow it to expand in some browser, read the URL in it's full form. Even if it is hyperlinked, check the code and find full URL.
This URL is on domaon www-icloudsecuritycheck, it's not apple, not anything else owned by apple.
You may check this domain details on https://www.whois.com/. This shows as not owned by anyone. So, the real URL is hyperlinked and I'll suggest not to open this URL on you phone/pad.
Whois data for Apple owned domain looks like this: https://www.whois.com/whois/apple.com (check this url for those details.)
Thank you for the info
Scam. Apples number is verified and why does it send you to a link like that
What gave it away? **www-** or **Icloud**? Also Apple would never text you over iMessage they would send you an official system prompt message that you would need to dismiss
Yeah, to me it was the fact they said they’d unlock it anyways lmao
Yes it’s a scam
The joke STD text I send my buddies looks more legit than this
This is so obviously a scam.
This is 100% legit scam.
If you don’t know it’s a scam just be reading that, I’m afraid it’s already too late for you…
Anyone who actually falls for this deserves their device to get hacked.
Scam. Usually when an actual business messages you, it’s name will appear at the top. Like if I receive a text from the NHS about my LFT results or PCR tests, it actually shows as “NHS”
Lmao. The link totally gives it away…
They do this at work. The phishing emails are so convincing. The latest one was a Black Friday one from Amazon. What I realized that it was a fake email was that Amazon had a prize for me…Amazon doesn’t give shit!
I feel this is one of the few times that a “*doesn’t” correction comment reply is important lol
Your…..”friend”….. must have a high L.Q.
It’s a scam or even possibly scam-o-la
It’s a scam. No locked phone access request will default to unlock. Fucking scammers.
Uses apple emoji, it’s a scam
Scam. Apple never includes the logo like that in the signature.
100% scam. Apple does not contact you from an 830 number or use emojis in their communication nor URL that aren't apple.com related.
#S C A M: DO NOT ENGAGE
Apple will never text you. Scam
Ask yourself…I mean your fiend…does this look good to you??
That’s a scam!! After he fill the informations the persons with the phone will be able to unlock the lost iPhone..
Thats not a apple number or Apple link. Always delete messages with links if you dont know 100% who they are from
Ten thousand percent don't click that link.
Of course it’s a scam
If it wasn’t requested, it’s 100% fake!
I don’t think apple would ever text you from an 830 area code EVER lol or reach out to you in general. They definitely wouldn’t try to contact and iOS device not using iMessage.
100% a scam
Even if someone accessed your account, Apple still wouldn’t notify you.
I'm not an iPhone user, but this definitely looks like a scam. Don't click it, OP.
Yes, that is definitely a scam, please don't click it!
Don’t fall for this!
S c a m
Another CLASSIC: “ I’m from ‘A-T-n-T, we’d like to offer you a special DEAL if you bring your long Distance Service back to US! You know we’re ATNT!!”
Yeah scam, big time. At the very least a phishing link.
big scam. not real www. used www-lcloud as a domain name
It was a necessity to tell you even the color of the phone
Yes it is cos the URL is wrong and there’s an L in place of an i
The last sentence “without verifying, access will be granted” does create a sense of urgency and most scams if not all try to do that
It is scam
Also the language is odd. Why would they say your iPhone is blue,. Also Apple iCloud warning appears in a different way not via sms.
The giveaway is the link. SCAM.
My rule is anything that offers you a link that you need to respond to on the comms is a scam. Standard legitimate practice is to ask you to contact them or log into your account separately, not via any link.
Verify to deny isn't a thing.
Apple won’t ever contact you directly. Also that’s a fake link
It would never say if you don’t verify we will give access to the account. What’s the point in checking if you give the access anyway?
Apple will not show up as a number on any Apple device in messages. They are actually verified and have a Square Profile icon with a gray banner. No one else can do this.
If you put the url in all caps you see the problem WWW-LCLOUD etc etc. A dash in the url btw instead of a dot? Scam.
Apple doesn’t make domains to verify. Also they wouldn’t notify you if a purchase was made. If anything your card would
Obviously a scam. First of all, apple doesn’t send this kind of message to users, but even if they did that, every message from companies is send from a [short code](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_code)
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your "friend" is an idiot
Apple is verified
That’s not a valid Apple or iCloud link.
Usually if you even have to ask even a little bit if its a scam. It's 900% a scam.
Scam, scam, scam!!
Looks legit 😂
My dude (or dudette), just copy the link and paste it into www.virustotal.com - that’ll tell you all you need to know. You’re welcome. 🤘🏽
If anyone signs or tries to sign into your icloud, you will not get a text you will get a notification pop up that you choose to accept or verify and then need to type in the code you see on your device, on the device they're trying to sign in from
any email, text etc.. load of poop.
For sure scam lol
Without verifying, we will default to unlocking your account to the world.😂
Because anti-privacy is Apple’s MO
Fake af. But if someone were to try to access iCloud, (2 factor authentication, imessage login) you would get a push notification and/or email. Not a text.
If there is any doubt, there is no doubt.
The number it was sent from… just a regular number🤷🏻♀️
What makes him think it’s not a scam
Typically every message I’ve ever received from them that was legitimate had the contact name automatically as APPLE with a verified check mark next to it. They use it for support chats, etc.. it’s already in your phone from factory
You can also tell as the send button is green. Apple always uses iMessage so would be blue
100% a scam…if they are unsure have them log in on iCloud.com
It’s a scam, verified businesses have a check mark on them and automatically show up as the business name on iPhone if you text them and I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a business texting an individual
It screams spam and phishing!!!!
Scam. The number, the fact that they’re even texting you. Apple pushes a pop up notification to your device.
Thats a scam
Here's another: Apple would never text you about this. It would be a native pop-up with a location.
Tell your friend to steer clear and delete.
Thats is so obviously a scam lol. Notice how it states the colour. I've never seen Apple state the colour, only device. It would also not appear as a text, but as a pop-up on your phone.
It’s a scam
Nope. No company would ever grant an unlock unless you said no. Default would always be the other way around.
It’s 1000% scam
That is Definitely a scam. You automatically have apple support as a contact on your phone even if you don’t see it. Their profile picture and name aren’t apple either.
also, www-Icloud. Also also, apple wouldn’t state they’d just open your phone to anyone for not clicking a link.
For $19.90 I can tell him if this is fake or not.
100 percent legit
Click it and you’ll see
Ironically they just took that L
The link is fake
LCLOUD BECAUSE U WILL TAKE A L AFTER CLICKING IT BRO BE SAFE LMAO
I can’t say about American company’s but at least all Canadian carriers stoped blocking phones back in 2017 and we have notoriously bad cell company’s believe me I work for one
I know this is a scam n all, but what is the objective here for the scammer?
Yea that’s a scam
It’s supposed to be “iCloud.”
Click the link.
What’s the worst that can happen?….