Don’t get caught out – Spam

I’ve been watching spam delivered to my spam folder in my mail client for years now, and it just starts to become second nature that I’m going to get them. But I received one the other day, that for the uninitiated, might be one that’s quite believable.

Dear Customer,

Your Apple ID, was just used to purchase “Party Songs Collection / ($49,99)” by Collin Farrel from the iTunes Store on a computer or device that had not previously been associated with that Apple ID.

If you made this purchase, you can disregard this email. It was only sent to alert you in case you did not make the purchase yourself.

If you did not make this purchase, we recommend that you go to to cancel the transaction, Confirm that you’re the owner of the account and then follow the instructions.

Thanks,
iTunes Store

Seems valid doesn’t it. Now to me, it’s just spam, I know it and the person sending it knows it. But, what about the normal non tech user, would this fool you if you didn’t know? Especially seeing if you had an itunes account?

The first thing I’d do is hover over the link that it’s asking you to click, does it look ok? Is it an Apple url?

In this case no –

Simple and quick to check, in this case DELETE DELETE DELETE.

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2 thoughts on “Don’t get caught out – Spam

  1. I find that displaying the email as text is a provide a nice way to quickly detect bogous link like this one, because it won’t appear as apple.com… but directly as the malicious website.

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