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Don t get caught by the new iTunes phishing scam

Author: ITS

Posted on Jun 25, 2014

Category: IT Announcements , IT Security , General Interest

Dear Customer… Your account is now locked. If you have received an email that starts something like this, do not listen to it! There is a new phishing scam targeting Apple users, threatening to lock their iTunes account if they do not update their account. phishing1 If you clicked the link the email provided, you’d see something like this: phishing2 Most companies will never ask for this information in an email, but as scammers become more sophisticated, it can be very difficult to detect a phishing attempt. The layout of these pages could fool unsuspecting apple users. That’s why it’s important to check emails and associated webpages very closely for anything suspicious before providing any personal information. Here are a few tips to help recognize a phishing scam:
  1. Check for grammar and spelling. Companies want to ensure their emails are perfect. Sometimes a small error can raise a flag that it may be a scam.
  2. Visit the company's website using your web browser and check their email policies. Do not attempt to visit the website through the email.
  3. Check the URL provided in the email without clicking -hover over the link with your mouse. The URL should appear at the bottom left - or right - of the window. If the URL does not show consistency with the company's actual webpages, it may be a scam.
  4. Google it! The email you just received could be a known phishing scam.
Always think before you click! For more information on safe computing, visit ITS’s IT Security website: www.unb.ca/its/it-security