Another phishing Scam to watch out for

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Your Apple ID was just used to download Skate Simu 3$ from the App Store on a computer or device that had not previously been associated with that Apple ID.

To: (redacted)
Date: Oct 13 (2 days ago)

Dear W R Jonathan Graham, (clearly not my name)

Your Apple ID was just used to download Skate Simu 3$ from the App Store on a computer or device that had not previously been associated with that Apple ID.

This download was initiated from Morocco.

If you initiated this download, you can disregard this email. It was only sent to alert you in case you did not initiate the download yourself.

If you did not initiate this download, we recommend that you go to iforgot.apple.com to change your password, then see Apple ID: Security and your Apple ID for further assistance.

Regards,
Apple

TM and Copyright ı 2014 Apple Inc. 31-33, rue Sainte Zithe, L-2763 Luxembourg.
All rights reserved / Keep Informed / Privacy Policy / My Apple ID

The problem here is that in the email message, that “iforgot.apple.com” was a front for a redirect to another website, “dejewelady.com” (which has now been taken down), which redirected to a phishing page designed to gather personal information, passwords, and credit card data.

There are people working behind the scenes to protect the innocent – later in the day, this warning showed up at the top of the email:

Be careful with this message. Similar messages were used to steal people’s personal information. Unless you trust the sender, don’t click links or reply with personal information.

The links in the email had been disabled, and as indicated, the phishing website had been taken down. But it pays to be careful. It is rarely adviseable to click links in emails directly, but rather enter them yourself in the URL window.

Be careful out there.

The Old Wolf has spoken.

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