Discount Scam Email Purports Apple Hitting Australian Internauts
Australians are victimized through an Apple Store discount card scam email which is presently making rounds on the internet, pointed out by the security firm Sophos.
Titled with the subject: 'Apple Discount Card', the scam emails reads as: "Dear Apple Customer, Apple is pleasing its long-standing customers. You are suitable for purchasing an Apple Discount Card as you are loyal to our products. With only this 9 AU$ Discount card, you will have 100AU$ CREDIT AT Apple store or log on to: //www.apple.com/au/".
After the payment, the user will receive his Apple Discount Card through e-mail within 24 hours, claimed in the email.
To be eligible for the concession , it ask the people to provide an online form and request contact details like name, address, date of birth, driver's license, mothers middle name, and your credit card details.
The Victim's identity has been stolen by the hacker with all the details. Further the spammer heck through all the financial products and services and breaks into a lot online accounts.
This deal has no connection with Apple or its store.
Users are thus required not to provide any such details. This email should never be trusted despite its beautifully formatted and presented interestingly carrying a friendly corporate logo and a too-good-to-be-true offer, warned by Graham Cluley, Senior Technology Consultant, Sophos, published by smarthouse.com.au dated October 3, 2012.
Sophos further says that this scam email falls in a long line of same scams where users are conned into intentionally submitting their information to the wolves.
The security firm however says that the scam email is full of tip offs. Firstly off, the reduction offer was too huge for the paltry amount of money required to access the so-called "discount card". More importantly, you need to share your credit card information for the discount. It should be also noted that the actual discount card would never ask for intimate bank account or credit card information. Unless you are on the official store website, you should not dare to sign up for discount card that too online, but even then you should be very cautious throughout.
» SPAMfighter News - 09-10-2012