Well, scam artists certainly picked the best time to start preying on Apple users. With the recent release of the iPhone5, people everywhere are upgrading their cell phones to the latest and greatest Apple product. So, they probably would not think much of an email from Apple arriving in their inbox. Of course, this means that all the low-lives will be crawling out of the gutters to create new and improved scams to target the people that actually worked to earn their new electronic toy.
The scam is based out of Australia and is targeting mostly long-term customers. They are sending out an email that offers a discount card allowing people to get 100 AU$ credit to Apple for only paying 9 AU$. Of course, for many, 9 AU$, which is roughly $11-$12 USD, isn’t that much money, so why not take the risk even if it does sound far too good to be true?
This is what the email being sent to Apple customers by the scam artists says: “Apple is rewarding its long-term customers. Your loyalty for our products made you eligible for buying an Apple Discount Card. With this only 9 AU$ Discount Card you will have 100 AU$ credit at any Australian Apple Store.” Along with the email, there is an attachment that includes a form asking for a lot of personal information, such as credit card details, and then name, date of birth and home address. This is just enough information for the scammers to start using the credit card information for their own benefit, and maybe even delve deeper into a person’s financials.
Just remember that Apple doesn’t give anything away for free, and beware of any emails you get that offer an Apple Discount Card.
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