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Apple Users Advised to be Wary of Phishing E-mails

Softpedia.com reported on 5th November, 2013 quoting a warning by security researchers as "Apple customers should be on the lookout of emails entitled "Account Info Change".

The fake email addresses the recipient with a 'Hello' and tells him that the following details for his Apple ID (email address removed) was last updated on 04 November, 2013 for shipping and/or billing address. If these alterations were made by error or if the recipient believes that an unlawful person accessed his account, then he should please reset the password of his account instantaneously by clicking on the link mentioned in the email (now link removed). To evaluate and update his security settings, the user is asked to sign in to (link removed). The email recipient is told that this is an automated email and he should not reply to it. If the email recipient needs additional assistance, he is told to visit 'Apple Support'.

The email ends with a "Thanks" from the "Apple Customer Support".

But, the e-mail is not sent by software giant 'Apple' and account details have not been altered as claimed in the email. It's a phishing email campaign that tries to dupe Apple users into revealing their personal as well as financial details.

Security experts analyzing the phishing email campaign comment that those panicked and clicked the link will be redirected to a fake webpage designed to emulate an Apple page and asked to log-in. Then, they will be redirected to an Internet form that requests them to confirm details of account with their contact and ID information and information of their credit card.

Hence, security experts suggest being cautious of any unwanted emails from Apple which asks confirmation of your login and account details by clicking a link or by opening a attached ZIP file.

Evan Dashevsky, Staff Writer of TechHive's a San Diego (US) based technology consulting and staffing company said that it is not the first time that Apple has been targeted by scammers with a phishing email campaign as during last week of October 2013, users of Apple received phishing emails entitled "Your Apple ID has been frozen temporarily".

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