Apple Mac users should be aware that the tech support scams plaguing Windows machines are now expanding their operations to cover OS X. These scams generally attempt to scare users into sharing their credit card information, or install software that will allow them to remotely access the victim’s computer.
Malwarebytes reported detecting a scam that impersonates Apple’s screen sharing service. The idea is that Apple provides remote support with its technicians by allowing them access to the user’s computer. Apple secures this connection by requiring the user to visit its support site at https://ara.apple.com and enter a security key.
The scammers created a scam site with a URL that is extremely similar, masquerading as http://ara-apple.com. From there, they will pretend to assist the user with imaginary issues or malware. All this leads up to a payment page, where the user will enter their credit card information to pay for the tech support.
While it all sounds like a very obvious scam, the goal is to target those who are less tech savvy and therefore more likely to be glad to receive help; even if they didn’t need it in the first place. After all, the social engineering worked against Windows users. We’re just surprised it took this long for scammers to get this far.