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Phishing Scam Hits Apple MobileMe Subscribers

Sunbelt Software, a Web security firm, issued warning about a fresh phishing e-mail scam, which is this time targeting users of Apple MobileMe. It is noted that MobileMe automatically sends contacts, e-mails and calendar events to the iPhone, iPod or PCs of the users.

The counterfeit e-mail looks real, pretending as a subscription expiry notification from Apple's MobileMe service. The text of the fake-mail reminds MobileMe subscribers to renew their subscription last by November 8, 2009 PDT, in order to continue the service without any interruption. The e-mail further reads that if the subscriber wanted to renew the service, he/she shall log in to MobileMe, select the Account and then click Account options. The next step for subscription requires clicking on the login box. Eliminating even the slightest of suspicion from the minds of users, the e-mail thanks them for subscribing and wishes them for the upcoming New Year.

Security experts have, however, warned the users not to trust and click on any link provided in such an e-mail requesting for financial or personal details as this would certainly lead them to be a victim of a phishing attack. In case, any user receives a notification like this, he must access his MobileMe account and revise billing information directly rather than following the e-mail link.

Experts also advised the users a couple of quick ways to tell them where an e-mail link or button is going to direct them. They suggested them to point mouse over a link to know the real URL. Users can also bring their mouse to the right-click button, and then select properties from the menu to check the real URL embedded in the button.

This is, however, not the first case where the phishers have attacked MobileMe users. Earlier also, spammers have been exploiting Apple services to trick users into revealing their personal information.

Similarly, in a recent incident that took place in the starting of 2009, MobileMe users received a forged e-mail, which warned them to renew their subscription. The e-mail informed them that their subscription had failed to continue due to a trouble with charging the credit card and asked the subscribers to log in to a fake website and update their information.

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