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Irish iTunes Customers Cautioned about Phishing E-mails

As per a warning to users of Irish iTunes, fraudulent e-mails are targeting them in what's perceived as one fresh phishing e-mail campaign, published independent.ie dated May 15, 2014.

It maybe noted that iTunes is one management application for media playing, mobile device and media library that Apple Inc. has developed.

The phishing e-mail impersonating Apple targets consumers informing about certain purchase being conducted and its value debited to their iTunes A/Cs. Thereafter, the message offers an option for reversing the false purchase.

But, although Apple's logo marks the e-mail's header, the e-mail isn't an authorized message.

Consumers, becoming confused with the e-mail, may be deceived into thinking it's genuine, as the message even provides suggestions on how to safeguard their accounts' security.

After this, the e-mail asks consumers to follow one web-link that actually solicits credit card information along with more personal details.

But, as per the company guidelines, Apple states that the e-mails in question are likely to seem as messages from an authentic firm else individual, however, they aren't so.

Apple cautions consumers not to ever dispatch account password, credit card details
alternatively huge personal information as a reply to an e-mail without verifying the authenticity of its sender.

Unfortunately, similar to the above phishing scam hitting Apple customers of late, an April 2014 incident too involved phishers pretending to be Apple's Customer Care telling possible victims of just locked iTunes accounts they held with Apple for a temporary period, while the message was automated. The e-mail with the subject "iTunes Account Suspension Billing Information" cautioned recipients that their accounts would remain locked till they approved as also substantiated the credentials of those A/Cs. End-users were then directed for making personal account records up-to-date on store.apple.com.

And though a given web-link seemed as taking the end-user onto http://store.apple.com/uk, the real site of Apple Store, in reality, it diverted him onto one fake website.

Therefore, users are urged to remain vigilant about any unsolicited electronic mail that poses as a message from Apple and asserts the recipient requires confirming account info via following certain web-link else viewing an attachment.

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