In my opinion, one of the most despicable types of computer criminals today is the phisher. As Wikipedia explains:
“Phishing is the attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication… Phishing is typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one.”
Even sophisticated users can fall for phishing email, and while phishers are despicable, they are good at what they do. It can be difficult to distinguish a phishing email from a legitimate one.
This week I received two phishing emails that were disguised as emails from Apple, which really angered me. Figure 1 shows one of these emails.
I was able to tell that this was not really from Apple by looking at the sender’s real email address. (Figure 2)
You should do two things if you receive a phishing email like this:
– Don’t click on any link in the email, and don’t reply.
– Forward the phishing email as an attachment (Figure 3) to Apple at this address: email@example.com. Forwarding the email as an attachment will preserve the email’s technical details that Apple needs to take action against the phishing criminal.
You can read more about Apple’s work to stop phishing here.
Let’s give Apple all the help we can to stop these criminals.
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