Gone phishing: Apple users, watch out for this attempt to steal your personal information
The email provides a link where you are asked to provide your Apple ID and password. Run away. "X" out the email immediately, if not sooner. Keep in mind that Apple does not check your IP address, or else you might be unable to log into your Apple account from an iPhone or iPad. Additionally, if you stop and actually read the note, it says to Penligst to verify your identity. A quick Google check found no such word in the English language, and we're pretty sure that Apple wouldn't make up a word when communicating to customers.
Just remember that Apple will not embed a link to verify information. Also, if you run your cursor over the link, you will find it goes to a non Apple website with a .tk Country code domain. That stands for Tokelau, a country in the South Pacific that was responsible for 21.5% of all phishing attempts in 2010. So do your friends and family a favor. Spread the word before any of them makes a mistake that could cost them some money.
An image of the actual email can be found below.
Watch out for this phishing attempt aimed at Apple users
source: TUAW via RedmondPie
1. alan_1230 (Posts: 77; Member since: 22 Apr 2012)
wow lol i dont think i would fall for this anyway .
3. Topcat488 (Posts: 1173; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
You might not fall for this... But you would be surprised how many Apple users will be caught... I won't say were less tech savvy, but a iphone just works, without much thought behind it.
5. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
And android has had numerous malware outbreaks on the play store on apps that look no different than normal apps. What's your point?
8. tedkord (Posts: 5270; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I think his point is that there are many iPhone users who will fall for this. What's yours (besides automatic defense of Apple no matter what)?
20. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
You "think" which implies you have no idea what you are talking about.
24. tedkord (Posts: 5270; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
I'd hate to actually play chess with you. It's not satisfying to beat up on the witless. That's why arguing with you here leaves people feeling hollow
10. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2719; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
And Android has what to do with this article? Nothing. Completely irrelevant.
19. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
It's as relevant as the bs android fans comment on in apple articles.
21. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2719; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
No, it's completely irrelevant just as you state every time someone brings up Apple in an Android article. A hypocrite--that's exactly what you are.
13. Topcat488 (Posts: 1173; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
My point is many Apple users are gullable. Whats your point?
17. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Again, android aren't any less gullible. Do you ever plan on making a coherent point or are you going to continue to dig yourself into a hole?
22. Topcat488 (Posts: 1173; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
I use Android, IOS, and Windows Operating Systems... But this article is about Apple "users", so don't let your panties get all bunched up. Sure there are "gullable" people everywhere, but this is a warning, so take heed to it. Is that coherent enough for you?
25. xfire99 (Posts: 570; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)
Do u even know the different betweens phising attacks and malware? Also, where are all those malware outbreaks at playstore? Like iOS has never had malware slipped through appstore before? .
That little hole, suits u best to hide , u little troll.
15. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
It really doesn't bother me either cause I got the warning and informed most of my peers. This is nothing new and I don't see why people try to make it sound like it's that much of a big deal, scams are practically everywhere.
2. murali_v_2000 (Posts: 17; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)
Why is this even posted ? Don't have anything better to talk about Apple but under pressure to publish Apple titled article ?
4. joey_sfb (Posts: 3244; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Its a good warning just take it as that and warn your less savy apple users friends.
7. Diazene (Posts: 129; Member since: 01 May 2013)
the way it's written is quite bad
and .tk is quite popular because it's one of the few free TLDs you can get
9. tedkord (Posts: 5270; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Other than the word penligst(?) It's much better than most phishing emails I've gotten. Most are laughably bad with ridiculous grammar and misspellings
11. shuaibhere (Posts: 1676; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
Here it goes....Most secure mobile OS in world...lol
16. shuaibhere (Posts: 1676; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
When you talk about all the malware in playstore
...google and android is responsible for that..but when it is appstore ios and apple has nothing to do with it huh???
you guys complain about android for the same reason....