Unexpected E-mail from Apple?

Did you receive unexpected E-mail from Apple? If you received an e-mail regarding  someone trying to login into your Apple ID and they just need to verify that this Account belongs to you it’s probably a phishing email.

Also known as “carding” or “spoofing”  it’s an attempt to fraudulently acquire personal information or basically hijack your apple account for some reason. I recently got an email like that and here is what was written in it.

Identifying fraudulent "phishing" email

Dear Customer,

As part of our security measures, it has come to our attention that somone has tried to login into your Apple ID. To complete the process, we just need to verify that this Account belongs to you. Simply click the link below and sign in using your Apple ID and password.

Verify Now >

Wondering why you got this email?
It’s sent when someone adds or changes a contact email address for an Apple ID account. If you didn’t do this, don’t worry. Your email address cannot be used as a contact address for an Apple ID without your verification.

For more information, see our frequently asked questions.

Thanks,
Apple Customer Support

Note that the links goes to non apple website,

Links goes to http://httpswww.applesecure.appleidsencryptnow665445686466866fd54fd45454654454864algorithm.appleprocsecuresuite98a53fd8648id7788v5e5r5g5d5fnumb5erencrypt.applesecuressl256seriveses-httpsappleinter-bationlapple.tk/

Apple suggest on their support section not to give any credit card information or passwords in an email.

As a general rule, never send credit card information, account passwords, or extensive personal information in an email unless you verify that the recipient is who they claim to be. Many companies have policies that state they will never solicit such information from customers by email.

Find out who the email is really from by checking the email header

view email header

 

Be cautious of links in the email

Verify the link before you click on it by hovering on it with your mouse for a second or two.

Be cautious of links in the email

 

To fight e-mail spam there are few good resources out there that will help you out.


The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. Search http://www.ico.org.uk/for_the_public/topic_specific_guides/online/spam_emails


Bill Weinman · UBE-Related Work http://bw.org/ube/


The internet’s oldest & largest email and end-user advocacy organization http://www.cauce.org/


We provide lists of spammers that persist in abusing forums and blogs with their scams, ripoffs, exploits and other annoyances*. We provide these lists so that you don’t have to endure the never ending job of having to moderate, filter and delete their rubbish. http://www.stopforumspam.com/


A free, distributed, open-source project to help website administrators track, stop, and prosecute spam harvesters stealing email addresses from their sites. http://www.projecthoneypot.org/


Also checkout apple support website http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4933

Hope it helps everyone out there!