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Warning! Don’t Fall For the Apple ID Phishing Scam!

Submitted by on February 11, 2013 – 5:17 am 12 Comments

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There’s a sketchy-sounding email you may have seen in your inbox. It appears to be an email from Apple and it tells you that your “Apple ID Disabled for Security Reasons.”

Don’t fall for it. It’s most likely a fake email — a phishing scam designed to steal your Apple ID and password. We’ll show you what to look for if you get one of these and how you can protect yourself. Keep reading for more info. >>>

According to Wikipedia, “Phishing is the act of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.”

This email looks like an official email from Apple — sort of. Although this one may mention you by name and inserts your email address, the word “disabled” is capitalized throughout the email — something that would never pass muster with even an entry-level proofreader. The text just doesn’t sound right and reads like one of those scammy Wells Fargo Bank phishing emails.

To see if it’s a scam email, hover your cursor over the link. If it’s a phishing email, you’ll find that it does not go to an Apple domain:

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It takes you to an official Apple-looking page on a non-Apple domain. In this case we ended up at fortertuncurrygolf.com.au, an Australian domain that was not one of Apple’s.

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A genuine Apple domain will be simple, won’t have all the redirects, and will end in apple.com/ or icloud.com/.

Never click the links when you get an email like this. If you’re concerned that the email may be legitimate, go directly to the site in your browser, either with your own bookmarks or by manually typing the correct domain in the browser.

If you’ve clicked a suspect link and tried to sign in, chances are your Apple ID and password have been compromised. If you believe your account information has been compromised, visit My Apple ID to change your password immediately. You can manage your Apple ID from the following URL. Simply copy and paste. It’s a legitimate apple.com URL.

https://appleid.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MyAppleId.woa/

Or, you can contact contact Apple Support for assistance.

Apparently, this is not new. Apple has a page on their support site dedicated to similar phishing attacks. You can read “Identifying fraudulent “phishing” email” on Apple.com here.

The bad guys not only want your money, they want your info as well. When out playing on the internet, be careful out there.

=M=

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Big thanks to Fotosyn’s James Moore for the heads up on this story and for supplying the images.

 

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Marty Yawnick

Marty is a self-employed graphic designer in the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex. He is an avid Rangers baseball, Chicago Cubs, Packers and Highbury Arsenal fan. In addition to capturing random moments with whatever camera is close by (usually his iPhone), his other interests include coffee, film, music, and traveling in seats 5E and 5F with his fiancé.

  • carlos

    Thanks for the heads up Marty.

  • http://freakoutitgeek.wordpress.com Steven Fulton

    You can also open a web browser and go to iforgot.apple.com, which takes you through your security questions to unlock / change your passsword on your account.

  • http://freakoutitgeek.wordpress.com Steven Fulton

    You can also open a web browser and go to iforgot.apple.com, which takes you through your security questions to change your passsword.

  • bd

    I just got one of these scams and the verify now link has a url that started with http://waratahgardens.info/ which looks like a residential home site in Australia

    • Fred Sawabini

      I just received one where the “from” address is “customers@apple.com”. I am certain its a scam, but they have managed to use an email address that looks legit.

  • Steve

    I got one of these here is the link another Australian site that sell mobile phones!
    http://paddingtonphones.com.au/no/?cgi-bin/WebObjects/MyAppleId.woa/wa/directToSignIn?localang=no_NO

  • TexRanger

    Wow thanks for this article.. I have never seen a fake apple email til today when I got one.., and something just seemed off to me so I looked up fake apple emails and read up and it led me here so thank you very much for this.

    Beware ppl always scroll your mouse over the link they want you to “verify” and you will see the site address for example mine was Dubai something i will upload the pic for you guys to see I’ve also marked them to help ppl know there fake.

  • SamiiL

    Bugger. Wish I’d seen this first, they’ve had my ID and had money out of my account too :(

  • Jenny loves real gang members

    these ppl helping dirty cop get away with murder, sux for their children ass well

    • Jenny

      police didn’t believe me so y’all so dead, prison here I come! fuck you Mike winnett dirty cop, dead soon! oh he also steals from elderly woman and thnx FBI watching Internet for ppl posting help, population control plus his nark

      • Jenny

        Ashley shearer, Steve Whitmire and mike winnett are worthless junkies and they get ppl killed over fake lies they start, watch out bitches this is how texans handle your kind

  • phatimah camara

    OMG, I received the same email yesterday 2/20/14. The email had so many spelling error that I called apple to find out why my account was on “hold” lol. The tech advised me to click the link even though I informed him that the email didn’t look alright. Well I click on the link and entered my username and password, THEN IT TOOK ME TO ANTHER PAGE ASKING FOR MY SS#, CREDIT CARD#, AND SECURITY CODE BEHIND MY CARD. I asked the tech why they needed my SS# and he yelled NOOOOOOOO LOL. He said delete the email and change your password right away. I hung up the phone AND CREATED THE LONGEST MIX PASSWORD U CAN THINK OF lol. Below is the picture of the email.