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Subject: Account Alert: Card Not Present Transaction
Your account was used to make a purchase, however the Card was not presented to complete the transaction. This is usually the case with purchases made online or over the phone. If you do not recognize this transaction, please click here or visit our website at [Link removed].
Thu, Dec 05, 2013
APPLE WEB STORE
The email includes details of a supposed transaction via the Apple Web Store for a hefty $7,800.82.
However, the message is not from American Express and the transaction details listed are not real. The email is designed to panic recipients into clicking the link without due caution. When faced with what they believe may be a fraudulent transaction for several thousand dollars, some recipients of the message are likely to hastily click the link in the hope of tracking down details of the transaction.
But, alas, the link does not go to the genuine American Express website. Instead, it open a fake site designed to closely mirror the appearance of the real AmEx site. Once on the fake site, victims will be asked to provide credit card details and other personal and financial information. All of the details submitted will be harvested by criminals and used to commit credit fraud and identity theft.
Last updated: December 6, 2013