Welcome back folks and today I’m going to be talking about another type of email phishing scam. If you remember not too long ago, I talked about a Netflix phishing email scam that I received. Phishing emails are always dangerous as they can lead to malware and viruses being installed on your computer as well as the potential of having your identity stolen or even your bank account being accessed and funds being taken out of it.
I talked about what to look for in that Netflix phishing email to show that it is a fraudulent email. We looked at things such as the email address it was sent from, the spelling and grammatical errors and even a phone number that is not the correct customer service number for Netflix. You can read more about the Netflix email scam here.
This time we’re going to be looking at an Apple ID email scam and I will be talking about what to look for when it comes to visual clues that will show you it is not a legitimate email from Apple. A lot of it is very similar to the Netflix email, but you might get a kick out of the email address where it came from. Let’s take a closer look now.
My Apple ID has been disabled. Or has it?
A few months ago I was checking my inbox from my email and noticed what would a concerning email headline that said “Aρρle ID Ηаѕ Вееn DіѕаЬlеd Fог Ѕесuгіtу Rеаѕоnѕ. ….#[00K0XEAQ5IN8]“. Of course, I was curious so I clicked on the email to see exactly what it said. Here is what the body of the email said:
Your Apple ID Has Been Disabled
Үουг АρρΙе ID ɑϲϲеss hɑs bееn Ιοϲkеd fοг thе fοΙΙοwing геɑsοns:
Wе`νе nοtiϲеd thɑt уουг ɑϲϲουnt hɑs bееn υsеd tο sign-in tο ɑ iCΙουd νiɑ ɑ wеb bгοwsег οn Chгοmе. Tο ρгοtеϲt уουг ɑϲϲουnt, wе hɑνе tеmροгɑгiΙу disɑbΙеd уουг ɑϲϲουnt.
Date: Monday,21 October 2019
Location: Syrian Arab Republic
If you have not signed in to iCIoud recently and believe someone may have accessed your account, Please take action to Verify your account informations by clicking on the link below.”
Does anything look odd to you? If not, it definitely should. Your alarm bells for letting you know something is a scam should be going off right now. Let’s take a closer look at what looks odd about this email.
Font, Spelling, and other Grammatical Errors
What should’ve caught your attention or seemed odd is the font that’s used in the email heading. The letter b in the word DіѕаЬlеd looks very weird compared to the other letters in that particular word or even the rest of the heading.
What’s also strange is there is a pound sign as well as brackets with a combination of numbers and letters inside of them. I don’t know what those are supposed to even represent. Are those just a random assortment of numbers and letters to make you think it’s some kind of case number regarding your Apple ID? They certainly are as the scammers are trying to make this look as legitimate as possible.
Those numbers aren’t legitimate so don’t let that get to you or fool you. Another thing to be on the look out for are spelling errors and this email that’s supposedly from Apple, definitely has them. There aren’t many of them so you kind of have to look closely, but it is there.
The word informations is definitely misspelled especially in regard to the greater context of the sentence it’s in. It should be account information, not account informations. Also, the word verify is capitalized and there is no reason it should unless that word is at the very start of a sentence.
The word Please should also not be capitalized as it’s not starting a sentence even though it’s right after a coma. This should be basic grammatical knowledge especially if it comes from a legitimate company such as Apple. All those grammatical and spelling errors should be warning signs that the email is a scam and next we’ll take a look at the email address where it came from.
Email address does not match
If an email is from a legitimate company it will generally have the name of the company in the email address, something I mentioned in my last article when I looked at a Netflix scam email.
Here’s the email address that this scam or phishing email came from: email@example.com
Look how long that supposed email address is and it has nothing even close to resembling anything from apple. There’s no @apple, @yahoo, @gmail, just a long series of numbers, letters, and periods that make no sense or looks like it even came from a legitimate email service.
When you first receive an email that says something about your Apple ID, you can first check the email address itself without even going into the body of the email. If you see an email address similar to what I just showed above, then you’ll know for sure that it is a fraudulent email and it should be avoided at all costs.
Link will take you to a Fradulant Website
This is something you should never do from an email like this. You don’t want to ever click a link in the email. It will take you to what might look like the real website of Apple or whatever company the email is supposedly from, but I can guarantee you that is a fake website and it is designed to steal your information or infect your computer.
A few years ago I nearly fell for this with an email that I really thought was from my credit card company and I started putting in my login details to log in, but something looked odd about the company logo and so I decided to open another browser and type in the address of the credit card company and lo and behold, the RIGHT logo and website came up and I quickly figured out the other website was a fraudulent one and I immediately closed it out.
If you have fallen victim to one of these phishing emails by clicking the link and entering login and other personal information in the fraudulent email, you need to contact the actual company immediately and let them know what has happened because the faster that you do this, the quicker they can do what they need before the scammers can start doing bad things with your information.
What Else You Can Do
If you get one of those phishing emails, a lot of the companies those emails are impersonating actually have a way where you can forward on those emails so that way they are aware of what’s out there and they can do the necessary steps to try to keep customers and others from falling victims to these scams.
There have been numerous PayPal email scams in the past and I would end up getting a lot of those. What I then would do is go to PayPal’s actual website and was able to locate the area where you can forward those emails to the company. I would usually get a response from them thanking me for letting them know about the fraudulent email going on.
They would also tell me to immediately delete them and do not click on any licks inside the email body. It’s nice to know that the legitimate companies have your back and will try to help you from falling victim to these horrible scams that are out there or will work with you if you end up falling victim to them.
I hope that this has been helpful for you and I plan on show casing more scam emails in the future from other companies so you’ll definitely want to check back soon.