And mac-system-alerts.com is the same deal; it’s a scam, too, as are apple.com-securitywarning.com, safarisecurityalert.com, macsecurityissue.com, macbrowseralerts.com, mac-online-alert.com, mac-issues-online.com, online-apple-alerts.com, helpmetek.com, applesecurityalert.com, websternal.net, newsalert.report-o.com, geek-techies.com, system-connect.com, instants-pc-fix.com, etc.
The scammers want you to call that phone number, and when you do, they will want to sell you worthless software that they want to install from afar to “fix” the problem. They will tell you the problem is a virus or malware, and they can fix it for a price. The problem is that there is no problem, and the scammers want to scare you into calling them. The software they sell you will either be worthless, or worse, it will be malware itself.
If you did call that number and talk to someone and give them a credit card number for software for your Mac, you need to call your bank and stop the charge. What they sold you is more than likely junk, and your card may be used for other unauthorized charges, too. You should file a complaint with the FCC.
There are many of these scams coming and going over the last year, and this domain – macsystemalerts.com – is not owned by Apple; it’s owned by someone named Surya Kumar, in New Delhi, India. Other bogus domains are mac-system-alerts.com, mac-system-issue.com, hostingprivilege.com, macsecurityissue.com and macsystemsalert.com. Another is called Safaro-Alert.
Apple has been playing whack-a-mole with these domains and scammers, trying to shut them down, but they keep popping back up. macsystemalerts.com has actually survived since the domain was first registered on October 29th. I’m sure Apple is trying to shut down the domain, as they have other scam domains, but they haven’t had any luck with this one. The domain is registered with GoDaddy, well known as the registrar of choice for junk domains and scammers. See Whois macsystemalerts.com for the whois registration information.