Your Apple Account Suspended!
That’s the headline on an email I’ve received daily for the last couple of weeks. This is a classic example of a “phishing” email.
Apple will NEVER send an email like this. Neither will your bank, the IRS, or any other business. If in doubt, never click the link. Instead, open up your web browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc) and go directly to the website in question by typing in the www.apple.com address or via a bookmark or favorite you’ve already saved.
The entire email looks like this:
Dear iTunes Customer,
This is an automatic message sent by our security system to let you know that you have 48 hours to confirm your account information.
Your itunes account has been frozen because we are unable to validate your account information.
Once you have updated your account records, we will try again to validate your information and your account suspension will be lifted.
This will help protect your account in the future. This process does not take more than 3 minutes.
To proceed to confirm your account details please click on the link below and follow the instructions.
Click Here Validate Your Account (I’ve broken the link purposely)
Apple Security Department
This looked legit – it had what looks like an Apple logo, no horrendous grammatical errors, and nothing that looks like obviously stilted English – all signs of a phishing mail. The “Click here” link is a giveaway – grammar is off
If you do click on the “Click here Validate Your Account” link, you’ll wind up on what looks exactly like an Apple web site login screen. It isn’t, though – it’s actually sitting on a website that has been hacked.
So – what do you do with these phishing emails?
Simple. Delete them. Nothing more. Just delete them and move on with your day.