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New Fake Promise Scam Email Targets Apple's Customers

Security researchers of security firm Kaspersky say that a new phishing email campaign is currently targeting Apple users with fake emails which appear to come from informs@apple.com carrying subject line "Apple is rewarding its long-term customers."

The phishing email informs the email recipient that Apple is rewarding its long-term patrons. As such they are eligible to purchase Discount Card of Apple due to their loyalty towards Apple's products. As a result, with merely 9 EUROs Discount Card they will have 150 EUROs credit to their disposal at any European Apple outlet on http://www.apple.com. The email further instructs him to Please please download and complete the attached form to get their card. He will then receive his 'Apple Discount Card' via email within 24 hours of their payment.

The links with these emails point to Apple's official website but the file is actually a phishing page instructing users to enter their name, address, bank account number, credit card number with its expiry date and security code and the security code of Verified by Visa or Master Card.

Securelist.com published a statement on 5th March, 2014 quoting comment on the abovementioned case by Tatyana Shcherbakova, Security Expert with Kaspersky as saying that "The scammers did not only target logins and passwords for personal accounts but also for banking information of users and they are willing to promise anything to obtain that. Innocent users may not be aware of the fraud but such requests for confidential banking information or data which gives access to personal accounts are clear sign of a phishing scam."

The expert adds that the fraudsters used logo of Apple and automated subscriptions with the message to confuse victims.

However, if you look at the message carefully, you can see some mistakes. For instance, the scammers wrote "please please download and complete the attached form", with please being mentioned twice, an unlikely scene in a professional email.

Security expert advises you to ignore such unwanted emails. He also says that these emails have nothing to do with Apple and there is no way you will get the Discount Card as promised.

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