Phishing scam targets Apple users

Published: Dec. 29, 2011 at 12:06 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2012 at 7:53 AM CST
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There's an alert for people who have an Apple account. A new phishing scam has been circulating through emails, targeting Apple users to update their personal billing information. Security firms say this is a well crafted scam attempting to fool customers for their info.

Online security experts say the emails were first sent out around Christmas. They're coming from an Apple ID web address and informing customers that their billing information is out of date.

Customers are directed to click on the link in the email, but then are redirected to a realistic-looking sign-in page, which is not from Apple. Security experts say it was hard to tell at first if this was a scam or not because the email uses the Apple logo and shading and has a better format than previous scams.

This is not the first time Apple customers have been targeted with phishing scams. In August, thieves tried to trick Apple's Mobileme subscribers and around Thanksgiving, another scam popped up falsely advertising iTunes gift certificates.

Security experts say never click on the link in an email if you're not sure. Instead go directly to the website and contact administrators.

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