A very real looking phishing scam has hit EA.com (the Electronic Arts games site) and Apple ID. Users should be extremely careful about any information that they submit while the problem is being investigated.
Investigators are still looking into how, but EA.com was being redirected to what appeared to be a legitimate Apple login screen. But it’s not. This false login screen asks for lots of personal information to verify your identity. Even worse, once you click submit, you’re redirected back to the actual Apple ID home page, so you may very likely have no clue that anything fraudulent took place.
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The reason why you may legitimately be asked for an Apple ID by EA is that EA has numerous games available for the iPhone and iPad. However, the users who landed on the phishing scam page were probably redirected there from a legitimate looking email or even an in-game link.
EA claims that it has detected the vulnerability that allowed this to happen and has fixed the problem. Even if EA is now safe, users should be extremely careful about any site that asks for personal information. This Apple ID phishing scam comes a day after a similar phishing scam hit Google Docs.
In order to best avoid these types of scams, users should type in the website address and navigate to the proper page when possible. This will eliminate any chance of sneaky redirects. And of course a heavy amount of skepticism and common sense is also recommended any time that you are asked for personal information.
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