Just got an email from apple about my new iMac? I didnt buy a new iMac lol wtf?

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  1. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

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    Ok so I got an email from apple thanking me for my recent iMac purchase, and saying like links for get to know your Mac and such. I didn't buy an iMac so what does this mean? Or is it a mistake or did apple accidentally send me a new iMac?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Perhaps its a phishing attempt.

    I never click on a link from an email I was not expecting, i.e., a credit card company telling me that there's something wrong with my account, or facebook telling me I need to change my password, etc etc.

    I go right to the sight to investigate.
     
  3. justperry macrumors 604

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    If this is Phishing you're the second to mention this in a day.

    Yeah, don't click any links.
     
  4. rocknblogger macrumors 68020

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    I would also log into my account to see if there's anything odd going on. Also check with you're credit card company to make sure there isn't a charge for an iMac if you have a cc on record with iTunes or the Apple store.
     
  5. aPple nErd thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Only 15 so no credit card. Didn't click links but it's just really weird. Should I log into my iTunes and check that?
     
  6. tekboi macrumors 6502a

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    check the senders address... it's probably not even apple. Sounds like a phishing scam to me.


    Someone recently attempted to phish my Paypal account using a fake paypal confirmation email. It happens.
     
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    Yeah, I'm about 99.9% sure you're being phished. A proper email would likely have come from an @apple.com address.
     
  9. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Words of wisdom, my friend.
     
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    For the record, these types of emails is probably how a lot of celebrities accounts got hacked a couple weeks ago.
     
  12. calderone macrumors 68040

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    That is a real apple address, I get emails from it all the time about iPhone, etc. It is definitely not fake. Most apple emails from from insideapple.apple.com addresses.

    Getting one about a new machine from that address is not normal however. They would generally come from concierge@insideapple.apple.com
     
  13. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    Absolutely.

    Couple this with the facts that:

    • Celebrities get offered free stuff (swag bags) all the time

    and

    • Apple is known to give things away quietly

    then you have the perfect storm.

    I can see it now: "Jane, we have a new iMac all set for you! Just log into your apple account here and confirm this is you and we'll set up a delivery time/method"

    Boom.
     
  14. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

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    was it from opple computers in coppertino? Definitely a dodgy phising link!
     
  15. localoid macrumors 68020

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    The "InsideApple.Apple.com" address is "real" (valid), but the address can easily be spoofed in an email, e.g., the "from" field displays who the message is from, but this can be easily forged.

    However, if you look at a given email's full headers you can determine where a message has actually been sent from by looking for the first "received" field, which is usually the reliable as it identifies the machine from which the mail was (first) received

    Looking at the email's full headers, start reading from the bottom of the header, and working your way up to the first "Received: from" line. That line will show the email server that the mail was originally sent from.
     
  16. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Yes of course, any address can be spoofed. My response was to the people who said "100% fake" or "99.9% sure you are being spoofed."

    In others words, I wasn't saying the email themselves were real, simply that they are valid addresses from Apple.
     
  17. localoid macrumors 68020

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    You apparently missed the point -- read the full email headers, from bottom to top, and look for the first "Received: from" line which is the most reliable source of info about where the message originally came from.
     
  18. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Yes, we get it. Read the headers.

    You missed my point. Move along please.
     
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