New iTunes Phishing Emails on the Rise

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iTunes users are being targeted by Fake iTunes emails disguised as invoices. Savvy scammers have spoofed the look and feel of iTunes communications, to make it look like they are receiving an official statement. According to George Cox, contributor to The Spectrum, the email “claims that you have been overcharged for a download purchase — $25 for one song, which is usually $1.99 or less, or $45 for the Netflix app.” What scammers want is for you to click on the link to manage your account and receive your refund.

Don’t be fooled. If you click on the link, malware may download onto your computer or smartphone or you may be taken to a website that prompts you to provide personal information that could be used in identity theft.

What should you do?

  1. Don’t click on any of the links in the email. Hover over the link with your cursor and you will find that the link does not take you to the actual iTunes site.
  2. Always use a bookmarked link to the iTunes or any other online store or search for the official site to check on your account. The majority of reputable, established online stores have a web address that looks like – http://www.companyname.com. Be careful if the address has another address in front of the root company address. This is a clear sign that you may be redirected to a malicious site.
  3. Be sure to keep your anti-virus and anti-malware up to date.

For more advice on how to protect yourself from this scam, read Part 2 Latest Online Scams.

To report a scam, go to the BBB Scam Tracker. To find trustworthy businesses, go to bbb.org.