Scamming is not a new thing in the world of esports, and it isn’t only limited to in-game currencies and cosmetics. Over the years, scam artists have come up with a variety of ways to rip off victims for thousands of dollars a day, and it seems like they’re resorting to a new method that not many are aware of.
This scamming method works by exploiting Apple’s iCloud storage system, and if you’re not actively monitoring your data and where it’s stored, you might find yourself falling victim to this method as well.
In this method, the scammers can gain complete access to your Steam account using the backup images of iPhones, which, ironically, is aimed at safeguarding your data.
People generally use Apple’s iCloud storage to store photos or contacts, but it can also be used to back up apps and their settings to the cloud. In case you decide to backup your Steam app, you’re saving not only your log-in credentials, but the Steam Guard itself as well.
Scammers can then hack into your iCloud storage to gain access to your Steam account once they enable the option to receive 2FA codes on the desktop instead of mobile.
From there, it only takes a few seconds for scammers to transfer all your skins from your account to theirs. Once the process is complete, there is no way for you to be able to get those skins back.
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Furthermore, you can also find yourself receiving a VAC ban on one or more of your games if the scammer decides to do so. In the worst-case scenario, you may also find yourself being locked out of your account, although that is extremely unlikely.