An email received with the subject of Order id189792075 ( random numbers) that makes you think it is an Apple / ITunes notification pretending to come from random email addresses is one of the latest phish attempts to steal your Apple Account and your Bank, credit card and personal details.
This one unusually, doesn’t actually want your Apple log in details and only wants your credit card and bank details along with some personal identification. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your email, facebook and other social network log in details as well.
We all get very blasé about phishing and think we know so much that we will never fall for a phishing attempt. Don’t assume that all attempts are obvious. Watch for any site that invites you to enter ANY personal, log in or financial information. It might be an email that says “you have won a prize” or “sign up to this website for discounts, prizes and special offers”
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 Apple website but you can clearly see in the address bar, that it is fake. Some versions of this phish will ask you fill in an html ( webpage) form that comes attached to the email.
Hello Your AppleID was just used to purchase “I Just Wanna Party (feat. ScHoolboy Q ,Jay Rock) & YG – Price _0.99” from the iTunes Store on a computer or device that had not previously been associated with this AppleID. This purchase was initiated from United Kingdom (Glasgow). Your account is temporarily locked and waiting confirmation. If you did not make this purchase, we recommend that you go reactivate your account and update as usual . You can update your AppleID simply by filling the verification form. Verify Now! We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Your sincerely, Apple Security Department
If you are unwise enough to follow the link behind the verify now http://www.dogwoodestatesales.com/media/k2/items/src/ which bounces you silently on to http://mobile-apple.majesticseoservices.com/ you see a webpage looking like an Apple website with a fairly believable web address if you don’t look too carefully. 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.
You then get bounced on to the genuine Apple site http://www.apple.com but the redirect must be giving invalid criteria because you get a page saying
Internal Server Error – Read
The server encountered an internal error or misconfiguration and was unable to complete your request.
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.