ITunes Your invoice #ID31WX175T pretending to come from iTunes Store <firstname.lastname@example.org> is one of the latest phish attempts to steal your Bank, credit card and personal details. This one is slightly different to usual ones in that it is designed to make you think that it is a mistake and that you need to enter all your bank/credit card details in order to cancel the transaction that you never made in the first place. This is a very good social engineering trick, persuading the recipient that somebody must have compromised their ITunes account and telling you to change all the details in it. Of course if you were unwise enough to follow their instructions, not only would you lose a lot of money but could also end up losing a lot more.
This one only wants your personal details and your credit card and bank details. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your email, facebook and other social network log in details as well.
Please read our How to protect yourselves page for simple, sensible advice on how to avoid being infected by this sort of socially engineered malware.
The original email looks like this It will NEVER be a genuine email from Apple, ITunes or any other company so don’t ever click the link in the email. If you do it will lead you to a website that looks at first glance like the genuine Itunes website but you can clearly see in the address bar, that it is fake. Some versions of this phish will ask you fill in the html ( webpage) form that comes attached to the email.
Order ID: ID31WX175T Receipt Date: 17/01/2015 Order Total: GBP 38.59 Billed To: Credit Card
Item Category Type Unit Price Space Qube Write a Review Report a Problem Game iOS APP GBP 38.59 Order Total: GBP 38.59
If you initiated this download, you can disregard this email.It was only sent to alert you in case you did not initiate the download yourself.
If you did not initiate this download, we recommend that you click on the link below to cancel this transaction and change your password. http://support.apple.com/gb/ID31WX175T/Cancel=?
Tips for protecting the security of your account for further assistance. How to resume Payment Cancellation Form iTunes Store downloads
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If you follow any of the links in the email you see a webpage looking like:
When you fill in your user name and password you get a page looking like this, where the phishers try to validate your details to make sure that you are entering “genuine ” information. They make sure that the bank account numbers have the correct number of digits and that the credit card numbers have the correct number of digits and format.
All of these emails use Social engineering tricks to persuade you to open the attachments that come with the email. Whether it is a message saying “look at this picture of me I took last night” and it appears to come from a friend or is more targeted at somebody who regularly is likely to receive PDF attachments or Word .doc attachments or any other common file that you use every day. Or whether it is a straight forward attempt, like this one, to steal your personal, bank, credit card or email and social networking log in details. Be very careful when unzipping them and make sure you have “show known file extensions enabled“, And then look carefully at the unzipped file. If it says .EXE then it is a problem and should not be run or opened.