Email from apple@apple.com asking for verification to avoid expiration?

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  1. hendrik84 macrumors member

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    I'm not one usually fooled by scam but I'm wondering how "they" send this from apple@apple.com? This is the email I just got:

    "Dear Apple Customer,

    We are sorry to inform you that your iTunes account will expire within 72 hours .
    To avoid this a simple verification is required.Please click below :
    Verification.

    This is an automatic message.Please do not respond.If you need help please visit Apple Support.

    With respect ,
    Apple Customer Support.
    © Copyright Apple 2014"

    This address for the Verification link is http://roat.rgot ups.ru/forces/xumed.htm without the gap.

    Now I haven't clicked that, nor do I intend to. But I wanted to get more info from you guys, cause it seems to be a legit email address?

    What say ye?
     
  2. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    You set your 'from' address in your email client. You can (generally) set it to whatever you want. So can scammers.

    A.
     
  3. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    It is possible to spoof an email address, and that is probably what the scammers are doing here.
     
  4. hendrik84 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ah ok, I wasn't aware of that. Seems they're upping their game.
     
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    We have seen a few of these at work, and several other pretending to be receipts for iTunes purchases, or unauthorised account activity. All these emails supposedly originated from ????@apple.com, but a quick look at the email headers shows otherwise.

    They are all attempts to get personal info from you, such as bank details, credit/debit card details, date of birth etc. or even install malware on your laptop/desktop.

    Never click on the links, or open attachments.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    So it has a non apple link in the email body and you're wondering about the authenticity? It's a phishing attempt pure and simple.

    Even when I get valid emails from apple/banks/etc, I never click on the link but log right into my account and/or call them.
     
  8. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

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    This is a scam be careful! i have seen these. It's best to change your e-mail to something other than your name and tell no one the new e-mail.
     
  9. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    iTunes accounts don't expire, especially in 72 hours.
     
  10. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

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    Email from apple@apple.com asking for verification to avoid expiration?

    Good example of things to look out for:

    Would apple have such a policy
    Would Apple need to use email to announce it
    Would Apple use such a lame address as apple@apple
    Would Apple use a russian (.ru) domain
    Would Apple not use their own servers (see headers)
    Would Apple not use a U.S. IP address (see headers)
    Would Apple bounce through so many servers (see headers)
     
  11. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    The best thing to do is to call Apple to ask.
     
  12. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    It's not just "possible" as in "highly sophisticated hackers can do it". It's very easy. For example, in Mail on MacOS X, open any email, then in the "View" menu, "Message" submenu, choose "Raw Source". What you see is exactly what someone has sent to an email server, and you see a "From:" field that just needs changing to "From: Apple <apple@apple.com>". That's all.

    Of course if that email came from Apple, it would not say "Dear Apple Customer", but "Dear Hendrik" (thread starter). And .ru is somewhere in Russia :)
     
  13. Peace macrumors Core

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    Most important thing to remember is your iTunes account will never expire.

    The iTunes Match could expire but not your iTunes account in general.
     
  14. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Why would he change his email address? He obviously has a brain, so these scammers don't have much of a chance.
     
  15. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

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    Perhaps you have never really had this happen to you. I would recommend a new e-mail that no one know's about to try and help avoid this a second time. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that.
     

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