Here’s the text of the SMS message:
“Your iPhoneID is due to expire today. Tap to update and prevent loss of services and apps.”
Obviously clicking on that link will lead you to a phishing site designed to trick unsuspecting users into giving their sensitive information including an Apple ID, password, and probably more.
There’s no such thing as an iPhoneID, but many less tech-savvy users could easily fall for the attempt, especially since because of the falsified sender information.
If you do receive a text message like this, you can forward to 7726 (SPAM) to report it to a carrier.
When you receive an iMessage from a sender not in your contact list, you can select the “Report Junk” button below the message to send the information to Apple. You can also take a screenshot and email it to [email protected] You’ll also need to include when it was received.
Also, make sure to take a look at this Apple support page to learn more about filtering messages and blocking phone numbers and/or contacts.