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    Default Email Phishing Scam Targets AppleID Account Information



    Phishing scams are nothing new to active Internet dwellers, in fact [email protected] is frequented by emails from Ukrainian girls who “want to laugh a little together.”

    Ugh.

    But, a new “well-crafted” phishing scam is targeting Apple users in an effort to get then to provide their AppleID billing information. Intego posted an alert earlier this week about the scam. The phishing emails originate from [email protected] and inform the recipient that their billing information is “out of date.”

    The “convincing” part of the scam comes in the form of the Official Apple Online Store - Buy Mac Computers and Notebooks, iPhone, iPad, iPod, and More - Apple Store (U.S.) link that redirects the recipient to a “realistic” sign-in page, according to the report. The email uses Apple logos, the familiar grey background, font and other trademark information in an effort to dupe recipients.

    This new scam follows a long lineage of Mac focused dupes including MacDefender and its “free anti-virus software” scam, the iTunes gift certificate malware scam, and the iCloud scam that targeted current MobileMe. As always double, and triple check the authenticity of any emails from unfamiliar addresses and companies.

    Scammers are increasingly active over the holiday season. Make sure to check debit and credit charges regularly, check emails for authenticity, and watch your kids/roommates/siblings/people you live with. They can take your money easier than these online hacks.

    Source: Intego [via AppleInsider]

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    Wow, not even one sentence, just a title and a picture? That's rare to see here
    Sent from my iPhone 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
    Wow, not even one sentence, just a title and a picture? That's rare to see here
    This ^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raaj FX View Post
    This ^
    Well I meant the article lol
    Sent from my iPhone 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
    Wow, not even one sentence, just a title and a picture? That's rare to see here
    Didn't even notice until you said that. Good catch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daytonaviolet View Post
    The poster didn't mention that the link is masked. Visually it will look like an official link, but the page it will take you to is the phishing site. If you look in your address bar you will notice that it will not be an official Apple site. Very common with phishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daytonaviolet View Post

    uhh no your correct. that links right. But in the email its not because its hyperlink code like this:

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    <a href="www.derpyderp.com">store.apple.com</a>
    You see store.apple.com as the link, but the link is to derpyderp.com or whatever, not what its named as.

    Also i wouldnt mind some ukrainian girls who want to laugh a little together . If only they were legitimate.

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    I get these all the time but they go straight in the spam folder

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    clearly if people just looked at the drop shadow they'd know that apple would never make the opacity +40%..silly rabbits..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
    Wow, not even one sentence, just a title and a picture? That's rare to see here
    Not sure what you mean? There's an entire article there, perhaps your browser is malfunctioning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Swanson View Post
    Not sure what you mean? There's an entire article there, perhaps your browser is malfunctioning.
    It's in the new font type - InvisibolusInkas.

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    ^ The opacity is actually at 56%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eagleye View Post
    ^ The opacity is actually at 56%.
    Yep with a white font colour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
    Wow, not even one sentence, just a title and a picture? That's rare to see here
    The ModMyi App from the App Store only shows the picture. The article appears to be missing, but is still available using mobile Safari or a desktop PC. FYI.

    Here lately, I've seen similar emails (not from Apple) that are one solid picture tagged with a link. It looks as though phishers are screenshotting the main web page or an official email, modifying it with some sort of photoshoppin' program, and linking the whole picture to whatever site.
    Last edited by Hillefied; 12-28-2011 at 09:56 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillefied View Post
    The ModMyi App from the App Store only shows the picture. The article appears to be missing, but is still available using mobile Safari or a desktop PC. FYI.
    It works fine on my app

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
    It works fine on my app
    Cannot see it on either my iPad 2 or iPhone 4s. Looks fine in the mobile browser tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daerid View Post
    Cannot see it on either my iPad 2 or iPhone 4s. Looks fine in the mobile browser tho.
    Looks like A5 iDevices are the problem with ModMyi's App. It's not entirely bad with mobile safari as a decent backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillefied View Post
    Looks like A5 iDevices are the problem with ModMyi's App. It's not entirely bad with mobile safari as a decent backup.
    No. I'm on an iPhone 4 and it's blank.

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