Is this From APPLE ?? or a Scam?

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  1. Mostyn macrumors newbie

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    This morning there was an Email in my junk ! I looked at it; and was not convinced it was from APPLE?
    I've copied the message without my email and the click here - link. do you think this is genuine?

    Stating : Apple Account on Hold.

    We have detected an unauthorized sign in on your Apple ID

    As a part of our security measures your Apple ID was locked.
    While your Apple ID is locked, you cannot use your Apple software, also access to your iCloud is limited.
    If you want to unlock your Apple ID, please

    This is an automated message, please do not reply.

    Thank you.


    Apple Support


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    My Apple ID | Support | Privacy Policy
    Copyright © 2015 iTunes S.? r.l. 31-33, rue Sainte Zithe, L-2763 Luxembourg. All Rights Reserved.
     
  2. decafjava macrumors 68000

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    Hmm can you log in to your Apple Id normally and use iCloud etc.? Where does the click me link go? You can hover the mouse over it to see the url.
     
  3. Mostyn, Jul 14, 2015
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    Mostyn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Did the hover over CLICK HERE Google.com etc... etc... it's a long url.

    How would I know if it is genuine or a scam from the url?
     
  4. ProjectManager101 Suspended

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    It is fake. Apple never send links or messages like that.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    Its not including your name, its telling you to click on a link - do you really need to ask if its a phishing attempt? Its fake.
     
  6. Mostyn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Project Manager, I thought it might be.
     
  7. Mostyn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry Maflynn,
    Yes I needed to know; although I did suspect it was a phishing email.

    Thanks for the help - it's appreciated.
     
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    I didn't mean to sound condescending but there are many flags to identifying phising and I forget that not everyone may be up to date on those - my apologies.

    Signs of phishing
    Generic emails
    Links to the site
    Lack of formal introductions, i.e., using your actual name.
    grammar and spelling mistakes.
    Inspect the URL without clicking on it.
    Plain text instead of images/HTML
    Entire message body is an image.
     
  9. Mostyn thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Mike,
    That list will be useful for future reference. I'm not really a prolific computer user; and my knowledge of them is limited.
    Help appreciated.
     
  10. chabig macrumors 68040

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    To that list I would add:
    - Anything that asks you to verify personally identifiable information.
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    Yeah, the list is not complete or exhaustive but generally its the easy stuff to identify a phishing attempt.
     
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  13. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    Look at the e-mail header. If it's from outside the country, 99.44% of the time it's a scam. I get 6 e-mails a week from FedEx (nearly all from somewhere in Taiwan or China:rolleyes:). Go fish.:p
     
  14. Huntn macrumors G5

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    The easy solution is to never click on a link in such an email, warning you that an account has been breached or an attempt made to breach. It will take you to their fake site and lure you to enter your account credentials so they can breach your account. ;) . If it's from Apple, launch iTunes and try to log in from there. Same with any other retailer, go directly to the site though a known url and log in or ignore it all together. Also advise the retailer of this phishing attempt.
     
  15. soy macrumors member

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    iTunes in the EU operates from Luxembourg, yes. Low taxes.
     

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