New Apple Phishing Scam: Don’t Fall For It

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The last week of February I found the following message in my Gmail SPAM folder, where it had been routed automatically. Some quick Googling on it showed this scam is being perpetrated on a lot of people, so I figured I should warn my readers. Click or tap on image below to view an enlarged version in a new tab or window.

 

Apple Phishing

 

How To Tell This Is Fake
Gmail flagged this one right away, but not all email service providers will. Even so, it’s pretty easy to spot this as a fake email if you know what to look for.

The red arrow shows that the return address is not an Apple.com address, which means this email could not have come from Apple. The fact that the username begins with “appleadmin” is meaningless; anyone can set up whatever username they want on any email service, provided that username isn’t already taken.

The yellow arrow shows that when I moused over the ‘click here’ link, the web address shown is also not for any Apple.com address. If I click that link, it’s going to take me to the picky33.org site—whatever that is.

The blue arrow is pointing to the usual footer links you’d find in any official email from a business, only in this case none of the links are there: it’s just plain text, there’s nothing to click on.

 

The red flags shown here are red flags in any email, so always be on the lookout for them.

 

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