There’s a new phishing scheme going around targeting owners of new Apple gear, just in time to take advantage of people who got an Apple device for the holidays. According to Intego’s Mac Security Blog, the scammers involved are pursuing Apple users in an attempt to steal financial data.
The attack is especially sinister considering how many people just received new Apple devices and may be easily fooled by the scam, which disguises itself as an email from Apple asking users to update their billing information. It’s also incredibly authentic looking – but instead of directing users to Apple’s website, it links to a fraudulent website of its own:
The attacks began on Christmas, and have a subject line reading “Apple update your Billing Information. While the attack seems convincing enough at first glance, there are a few things that make it stand out, such as a poorly worded subject line.
It’s also worth noting that any email that directly asks for your billing information is probably fake. If you ever receive such an email, don’t click any of the links. Instead, go directly to the website of the company that supposedly sent you the email, or call the company for verification.
This is what the rest of the email looks like:
Be skeptical of any email you receive that asks you to update any account information, especially financial information, and please exercise the utmost caution to protect yourself from these sorts of shameless scams.