A security expert has warned that individuals who use Apple products are targeted by cybercriminals because they are more likely to have disposable income.
Blogger Graham Cluley said that Apple users could not “afford to be lackadaisical” about security as much as malware in most cases is common on Windows.
On Monday, he reported a text message scam in which people were tricked to hand over account information.
Apple’s website warns customers to refrain from inputting details on spoof sites.
The scam text message warned the customers that their account would expire. They were then advised to go to a fake website where they would enter details about their account.
“It tried to grab personal information and credit card details with the aim of committing identity theft,” said Mr Cluley.
“They deliberately took advantage of people’s trust in the Apple brand to steal information.
“Avoid clicking on links in emails because they might take you somewhere phishy. Instead go to the website directly and log in that way.”
Web browsers such as Firefox and Chrome have since blocked the spoof website.
The support website of Apple advises the customers never to enter their details to any other site that is non-Apple.
“In general, all account-related activities will take place in the iTunes application directly, not through a web browser,” it explains.
Mr. Cluley reported on Tuesday about another scam that was disguised to be an update of Adobe Flash in which the victims were encouraged to install a new version of the software.
He wrote in his blog: “The best advice for many users may be to ensure that you have configured Adobe Flash Player to automatically update on its own.
The attackers managed to circumvent Mac OS X feature in which Apple users cannot install software that unknown developers have written.
“The fake Flash update attack appears to have used a stolen Apple Developer certificate, suggesting that some third-party Mac developers may be being sloppy about their own security and putting the rest of us at risk as a result,” Mr Cluley told the BBC.
He added that criminals go where there is money and Apple products are usually costly than most of their competitors.