Warning: 'OS X Mavericks' Email from 'Apple Security Department' a Scam to Steal Credit Card Info
By Johnlee Varghese | February 20, 2014 2:16 AM EST
An online scam that is trying to con Apple users seems to be creating quite a buzz. It has come to light that several emails claiming to be from the 'Apple Security Department' is being sent to users.
The email asks the recipients to confirm their Apple account and validate the user information. But in reality, the email is not sent by Apple but is a scam to steal the account login details and financial information of Apple users.
The email, purporting to be from the Apple Security Department, urges users to open an attached file to confirm their accounts, if they did not initiate the download.Hoax-Slayer, a website dedicated to spotting such scams and hoaxes, was the first one to report the matter.
"The email is not from Apple. It is a phishing scam designed to trick users into giving their Apple account login details and financial information to criminals. The attached file contains a bogus HTML form that requests account and credit card details," Hoax Slayer warned.
Here is the how the scam email sent to Apple users looks like:
Dear Apple Customer,
Your Apple ID, was just used to download OS X Mavericks from the Mac AppStore on a computer or device that had not previously been associated withthat Apple ID.
This download was initiated from Spain.
If you initiated this download, you can disregard this email. It was onlysent to alert you in case you did not initiate the download yourself. If you did not initiate this download, you have to confirm your account and validate your information, so we recommend you to :
1- Download the attached document and open it in a secure browser.
2- Follow the verification process to protect your account.
Apple Security Department.
The phishing email very cleverly tries to feed on the fear of the users. It warns recipients that their account was used to download a copy of OS X Mavericks from a computer or device, not previously associated with their Apple ID. It then suggests that the download was initiated from Spain.
The mail then goes on tell the recipients that if they did not initiate the download, they should open an attached file to confirm their account and validate the information.
However, users should not even open the attached files. The attachment contains a 'malicious' HTML form that loads into the users' browser when opened.
In short, the mail tries to extract the Apple ID and credit card information from the users. The users should always be wary of such phishing campaigns. These con mails try to dupe people, using the name of big companies such as Apple. However, in any such instance, it is always advisable to verify the information by either contacting the company itself or through online forums.
If a person get holds of one's Apple ID, he or she can access the user's purchase history, and would also be able to get hold of all sensitive personal information, such as credit card details. As a precaution, when an Apple ID is lost or stolen, one should contact the Apple company information center and have the account shut down immediately.
To contact the editor, e-mail:
Most Popular Slideshows
- Champions League Results: Barcelona Barely Escapes With A Win, Chelsea Fails To Hold On To The Lead [PHOTOS]
- Jeremy Lin, Kobe Bryant Among The Top 5 Overpaid Players In The NBA (Part 1 - Western Conference)
- Reasons Why Michael Jordan Is Better Than LeBron James [PHOTOS And VIDEO]
- Dwyane Wade, Joe Johnson, Amare Stoudemire Among Worst Contracts In The NBA (Part 2 - Eastern Conference)
Join the Conversation
- British Teenager Wants Her Leg Cut To be Able To Compete At Paralympics – Watch Video
- Pope Francis, Catholic Church Key To Climate Change Effort
- Passengers Shouted 'Shame' On Pak Politician For Delaying Flight And Barred Him From Boarding
- Aussie Teen Allegedly Stabbed Man to Death in Late Night Brawl
- Stephanie Boudoin: 21-Year-Old Nursing Student Faces 114 Burglary Charges, Becomes Latest 'World's Sexiest Criminal' After Attractive Convict Jeremy Meeks
- New Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 L Killer Features, Encryption and More
- Google Release Roundup: New Nexus 6, Nexus 8, Android 5.0 L Launch and Killer Features
- Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR Android 4.4.4 KitKat Update Guide
- Nexus 8, Nexus 9 Release Date, Device Name And Price Conundrum: What To Expect?
- New Zealand Could Be Next ISIS Target After Australia Beheading Plot, Says Expert
- China Is Also Seizing Disputed Land Along Indian Border
- Xiaomi Mi4 v. Moto X (2014) – Specifications, Features, Release Date And Price Showdown