Reports are circulating of a new gift card scam that starts when you receive an email that appears to come from either Amazon or Apple informing you that an anonymous friend of yours has purchased a gift card at one of these companies as a gift for you and that all you need to do is to click on the attached file for instructions to activate your gift card. While the email message appears legitimate and carries the respective logos of Amazon or Apple, this is a scam intending to lure you into clicking on the DOC attachment which rather than provide instructions to activate your gift card, will download malware on to your computer.

TIPS

While the email itself appears legitimate, the email address from which it is being sent is not that of either Apple or Amazon, but generally has been the email address of an individual whose computer has been hijacked and used to sent such messages as a part of a botnet. In addition, you should never click on a link or download an attachment in any email or text message unless you have absolutely confirmed that the communication is legitimate. In this case you could contact Amazon or Apple to confirm that this is a scam. Additionally, you should always be skeptical when you are told that you are receiving a gift from an unnamed source.

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