[UPDATED 6/24/18 BELOW] In late August we published an article about the many fake Amazon Customer Support phone numbers showing up on forums all over the Internet. (Visit: Amazon Customer Support…NOT!) Most importantly, Google is being manipulated so that these fake phone numbers are showing up high in search results. People who call these numbers are victimized by criminals in multiple ways, especially financially.
Since posting our Amazon article in late August, we’ve found 26 phony numbers. However, on September 17 while researching another new fake Amazon phone number we came across this Google result below.
Apparently, criminals are promoting the phone number 888-365-0444 as more than just Amazon Customer Support. They are also promoting it as an HP Support number and an Apple Support number. The link at AlienVault.com really caught our attention. So we Googled “Apple customer service phone number” for just the past week. We were startled by what we found…
In all, we were able to locate 10 fake Apple customer service numbers and a fake website being pushed out to consumers and showing up high in Google searches. If these phony numbers are being used by criminals like the Amazon phone numbers, the fake support staff will trick consumers into giving control of their computers and Apple accounts to criminals who will steal personal information and make purchases using the consumer’s account.
The FRAUDULENT Apple Customer Service Numbers are:
877-317-7420 866-952-1084 855-855-3844 855-654-1222
855-401-6900 844-239-7666 800-813-0692 800-786-0581
888-513-4666 844-852-8093 877-368-1508 877-467-0649
800-235-3083 888-310-7097 844-202-0908 844-235-6222
877-910-4205 855-888-3966 888-958-7442 800-582-2401
800-608-5461 855-834-1333 855-454-6189 844-870-4017
888-226-1422 800-676-2775 877-769-4179 800-726-0294
800-240-0925 800-460-9661 800-605-8632 800-856-1215
800-942-2851 844-210-3666 844-247-5325 844-804-4011
844-870-4017 855-332-6777 855-855-4898 866-866-1752
877-407-9251 877-871-6857 888-316-6111 888-500-2688
888-600-7030 888-887-7208 888-958-7442
321-233-5007 800-204-4427 800-638-2441 843-903-1833
844-324-6260 844-776-9606 844-780-6762 844-850-8247
855-273-5444 855-410-2465 855-697-6111 855-925-7090
877-223-5513 877-885-4824 888-224-2928 888-810-8519
New fraudulent Apple look-alike domains are appearing on the Internet to trick people into thinking they are Apple Customer Support. They are not! These include:
There are also generic “customer care” websites that claim to offer support phone numbers for many services. We found fraudulent information about Apple on these sites, making the entire website suspicious. We do not recommend using them! They include:
There are many REAL Apple help phone numbers which you can see when you visit: https://www.apple.com/contact/
These real Apple computer support numbers include…
Consumer line: 800–692–7753
U.S. iPod, Mac and iPad technical support: 800–275–2273
U.S. iPhone technical support: 800–694–7466
IMPORTANT UPDATE (1/17/18)
On January 17, 2018 we heard from one of our readers. He informed us that he received several calls from Apple Computer’s Consumer phone number. He says… “I responded to a message to update my phone. Then I received several phone calls from 800 692 7753. The message was my phone and computer were hacked and I needed help. On my computer they took me to an Apple supporter site (with an other word added.) They viewed my screen and found viruses and malware. They said I urgently needed a fix. They quoted a price of $ 400. I said I would go to an Apple store but they said that was not needed and they could fix it online. I declined and checked with my friends. They sounded like they were from India and there were many voices in the background.”
The criminals calling this man spoofed their phone number so the call appeared to come from the legitimate Apple number. Apple Computer will never call you to say your phone or computer has been hacked.
WARNING: The is a fake Apple website that is appearing in Google searches and, at first glance, it appears legitimate. The domain name is applehelp.support. Look at the links returned in this Google search for this domain:
In their effort to make this domain seem even more legitimate, they have added a sub-domain called “apple-support” to produce the domain apple-support.applehelp.support. If you look in the very last link in the graphic above, you’ll see “apple” mentioned 4 times and “mac” twice! But it is all a lie! This is NOT Apple’s website or Apple’s customer support number. A WHOIS lookup of Apple.com shows that it is registered to Apple, Inc of Cupertino, California since 1987. However, if you run a WHOIS lookup of applehelp.support you find that it was registered in October, 2015 through a private proxy service of Arizona and the website title is “Hostmonster.” Don’t believe this phony-baloney website!
In May, 2018 we heard from a woman who looked online for a Gmail Customer Service number and found one of the phone numbers listed above: 855-925-7090. She described talking to a man with an Indian accent and was almost fooled into paying $150 for a service to do something with her account. We searched the Internet and found two more phone numbers being used by scammers pretending to be Google customer support numbers: 888-653-8185 and 855-925-7086