Police issue warning to all Apple, Spotify and Netflix users after massive court case in Liverpool
All users who have accounts with Apple, Netflix and Spotify are being warned to take a number of steps after a case of fraud earlier this week.
Gary Kelly and Craig Morton were both sentenced on Monday after a massive scam that saw them steal people’s personal information through fake websites.
They would send phishing emails to people they knew had accounts to trick them into entering their details and then repost them on a forum where other criminals could bid on them.
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The pair earned £140,000 in cryptocurrency selling the information.
Kelly was jailed for 40 months while Morton received a two-year suspended prison sentence after a judge acknowledged he played a lesser role in the scheme.
After the judgment, the North West Regional Organized Crime Unit, which led the investigation into Kelly and Morton, issued a warning to all Apple, Netflix and Spotify users.
Detective Inspector Chris McClellan of the North West Regional Organized Crime Unit’s Cybercrime Unit said: ‘It’s really important that if you think you’ve been a victim of this phishing scam, or any other , that you take a few simple steps to protect your personal and financial data.
DI McClellan said all users should take the following steps:
Change your passwords if you have an Apple, Netflix or Spotify account
Run your email or phone number via Have I Been Pwned: Check if your email has been compromised in a data breach. If it displays in red, it will let you know where the violation was identified. Do not panic ! Simply change the passwords of the affected sites.
Apply two-factor authentication (2FA) whenever possible. It just means adding extra encryption (security) to your accounts. – For more advice on creating secure passwords, visit Cyber Aware – NCSC.GOV.UK
If you think you’ve been scammed, tell your bank immediately and report it to Fraud and Cybercrime Reporting | Action Fraud.
If you receive an unsolicited email or text and you’re not sure if it’s a genuine message – #Take Five, go have a brew and come back to the email or message later. If you’re not sure where it came from, don’t click on it. First think – do you have this type of account? If you don’t, DO NOT CLICK ON IT. Forward the email to email@example.com or suspicious text messages to 7726.
If you have this type of account, contact them only through these trusted channels – DO NOT CLICK ANY LINK in the email or message.
Do not share passwords, bank details, PIN codes or online account details