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Issue 129 - April 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 4

Apple $100 Discount Card Phishing Scam

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Email purporting to be from Apple claims that, as a special reward for long term customers, recipients can receive $100 credit at Australian Apple Stores simply by purchasing a $9 discount card.

Brief Analysis
The message is not from Apple and the offer of $100 credit is entirely bogus. In fact, the email is a phishing scam designed to steal the recipient's Apple ID along with his or her personal and financial information. If you receive this email, do not follow any links or open any attachments that it may contain.

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Last updated: 4th April 2012
First published: 4th April 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer

Subject: Apple Discount Card - 100 AU$

Fake Apple Logo

Dear Apple Customer,

Apple is rewarding its long-term customers. Your loyalty for our products made you eligible for buying an Apple Discount Card. With this only 9 AU$ Discount Card you will have 100 AU$ credit at any Australian Apple Store or on [Link removed]

To acquire your Apple Discount Card please click here [Link removed]

( You will receive your Apple Discount Card via e-mail in the following 24 hours after your payment has been made.)

Copyright 2012 Apple Inc. All rights reserved..

Detailed Analysis
According to this email, which claims to be from Apple, the recipient is eligible to receive $100 credit to be spent at any Australian Apple Store or online just by following a link and purchasing a "discount card" worth $9. Supposedly, after users have following the link and made the $9 purchase, the discount card - now worth $100 - will be emailed to them within 24 hours.

However, the message is certainly not from Apple and the claim that recipients can get a $100 credit for an outlay of just $9 is a lie. The message is in fact a phishing scam designed to trick recipients into divulging their Apple ID's as well as sensitive personal and financial information. Those who fall for the ruse and click the link in the scam email will first be taken to a bogus website that asks them to enter their Apple ID before proceeding. Next, they will be presented with a fake form as shown in the following screenshot. The bogus website is designed to resemble a genuine Apple website. The form asks them to provide name and address details, their driver's licence number and their credit card information, ostensibly in order to procure the discount card:

Fake Apple Discount Card Form

After they have submitted the requested information, victims will be automatically redirected to the genuine Apple website. But, all information submitted on the bogus website can be harvested by the criminals responsible for the phishing scam. Once they have gained this information, these criminals can use the victim's credit card to make fraudulent transactions. They can also access the victim's real Apple account, steal information and items stored there and conduct further fraudulent activities in the victim's name. Armed with all of the personal and financial information they have gathered, they may attempt to steal their victim's identity.

If you receive one of these scam emails, do not click on any links in the message. Do not open any attachments that may come with the message. Note that subject lines and details in the text of the scam messages may vary in different incarnations of this phishing scam.

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  2. WhatsApp 'Servers Really Full' Hoax
  3. Circulated Warning Claims That Superheated Water In Microwave Can Explode
  4. Apple $100 Discount Card Phishing Scam
  5. HSBC 'Password Entered Incorrectly' Phishing Scam
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