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Don't fall for this convincing spam email phishing attack!

Don't fall for this convincing spam email phishing attack!
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It's time for another phishing attack, and this one uses a sneaky idea.

The latest scam tries to convince you that someone has already hacked your account. For a quick phishing refresher, click here to check out a recent scam that thieves used to try to get their hands on your PayPal account.

Scammers will send you an email with a subject line reading "AppStore Recent Purchase Confirmation." Alarm bells would, naturally, go off on anyone's head. You didn't buy anything, someone must be using your account to buy themselves!

Phishing email

Sophos' Naked Security blog tracked down what the phishing email looked like, and numbered every suspicious part of this email.

Naturally, the email is meant to freak you out. Each red flag, however, should reveal the fake elements that reveal the truth behind the phishing attempt.

Hovering over the "transaction details here" link will direct you to a site completely unrelated to Apple. Hackers can't fake this, and you should always hover over a link before clicking it.

The email addresses will be completely unrelated to official Apple email accounts. Always cross-reference emails like these with other official emails you've received from Apple.

The password field is also totally fake. Apple doesn't actually store your password, and encrypts it into something that even Apple employees can't read. The emails claim that your password is "not displayed for security reasons" is actually a mistake on the fraudster's part.

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