If you get a text saying your Apple ID has expired, whatever you do, do NOT open it

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An urgent message for all Apple iPhone users, aka like 90% of the population: A new scam is tricking people into giving up their Apple passwords and other personal information.

And it looks so legitimate we could imagine ourselves falling for it, no matter how many sophisticated scams we've seen before.

According to The Independent, victims of the phishing scheme receive an unsolicited message which claims to come from Apple Inc.

They are then instructed to immediately change their Apple ID password before it expires, and are directed to a legitimate-looking website where they are asked to input their username and password.

Once victims have given their username and password, they are told their account has been locked for security reasons, and then asked to enter other personal information like their address or credit card details in order to unlock the account.

"The scammers have chosen their words carefully – making the message appear urgent to encourage as many people as possible to click on the link without properly considering the potential pitfalls," cybersecurity expert Graham Cluley wrote in a blog post.

So, what can you do if you are on the receiving end of one of these malicious messages?

The best thing you can do is report it by forwarding the scam mail or message you received to reportphishing@apple.com.

Much like you do with the rest of your Apple-related woes, just let the Geniuses deal with it.

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