FRAUD ALERT: Fraudsters Target Apple Customers by Email
by Robin Slade
Mac security software company Intego is reporting that a “vast phishing attack” is attempting to steal personal information, including users Apple ID, password and credit card information. The subject line of the email states “update your Billing Information” and are being sent from a spoofed email address email@example.com. A link in the email takes users to a realistic webpage, containing many elements from Apple’s website.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lists the following tips to lessen your exposure to email fraud:
- Do not respond to unsolicited (spam) e-mail.
- Do not click on links contained within an unsolicited e-mail.
- Be cautious of e-mail claiming to contain pictures in attached files, as the files may contain viruses. Scan the attachments for viruses if possible.
- Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information.
- Always compare the link in the e-mail with the link to which you are directed and determine if they match and lead you to a legitimate site.
- Log directly onto the official website for the business identified in the e-mail, instead of “linking” to it from an unsolicited e-mail. If the e-mail appears to be from your bank, credit card issuer, or other company you deal with frequently, your statements or official correspondence from the business will provide valid contact information.
- Contact the actual business that supposedly sent the e-mail to verify if the e-mail is genuine.
- Fraudsters create a sense of urgency to get you to act quickly. If you are asked to act quickly, or there is an emergency, it may be a scam. Verify any requests for personal information from any business or financial institutions by contacting them using the main office contact information.
- Remember if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
FraudAvengers urges its readers to use vigilance and skepticism with your email. Remember, the first line of defense starts with you!