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Last year, Apple sold over 2 billion iPhones worldwide giving scammers a huge group to target. Phishing emails may be used to trick Apple users into disclosing personal information like your social security number, credit card information, and home address. Apple will not  ask for such sensitive information through your inbox.

Apple-related phishing emails have become increasingly more sophisticated and harder to spot. Scammers are able to bypass your e-mail’s security features that detect harmful messages. Emails asking you to pay for out-standing purchases are made to look credible, if not identical to legitimate emails you may receive.

To protect yourself and to combat this issue, Apple suggests forwarding suspicious emails to reportphishing@apple.com as a means to report phishing attempts. Regularly update your Apple ID passwords to further secure your account. If you’re unsure about an email, review your comprehensive purchase history to verify authenticity.

The Baker-Polito Administration’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation along with its five agencies work together to achieve two goals: to protect and empower consumers through advocacy and education, and to ensure a fair playing field for Massachusetts businesses. The Office also oversees the state’s vehicular and customized wheelchair Lemon Laws and Arbitration Programs, Data Breach reporting, Home Improvement Contractor Programs and the MA Do Not Call Registry. If you have additional questions, contact the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation by calling our Consumer Hotline at (617) 973-8787, or toll-free in MA at (888) 283-3757, Monday through Friday, from 9 am-4:30 pm. Follow the Office on Facebook and Twitter, @Mass_Consumer.

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