Phishing emails, by which scammers and identity thieves attempt to lure you into either clicking on links contained within the email which download malware or trick you into providing personal information that will be used to make you a victim of identity theft, are nothing new.   They are a staple of identity thieves and scammers and with good reason because they work.

It was just about three weeks ago that I told you about an  Apple phishing email which was one of the worst examples of an effective phishing email, however, today’s Apple phishing email is even worse.  The subject line of the email reads:” [Important] – Your Apple ID (******************@aol.com ) was used to sign in to іСlοud ref##EV712C,”  There is an attachment to the email for you to download, but there is absolutely nothing written in the email itself.  The email is sent from an address that has no relation to Apple and there is no salutation with the name or account number of the person receiving the email.

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Obviously if you do not have an account with Apple you know that this is a phishing scam, but even if you do have an account with Apple, as I indicated above there are many indications that this is not a legitimate email from Apple, but instead is a phishing email. Legitimate companies would refer to your specific account number in the email.  They also would specifically direct the email to you by your name.  This email is addressed to the generic customer.

As with all phishing emails, two things can happen if you download the attachment.  Either you will be sent to a legitimate looking, but phony webpage where you will be prompted to input personal information that will be used to make you a victim of identity theft or, even worse, merely by downloading the attachment or in other cases, clicking on a link contained in the phishing email, you may download keystroke logging malware that will steal all of your personal information from your computer or smartphone and use it to make you a victim of identity theft.  If you receive an email like this and think it may possibly be legitimate, merely contact Apple customer service where you can confirm that it is a scam.  Here is a link to Apple customer service.  https://www.apple.com/contact/

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