The iCloud hack isn't just scary for celebrities. These hackers are after you, too, and I've got the proof.
An email came across my desk claiming to be from Apple and iTunes. It said that my account is temporarily blocked and will remain frozen until I approve my account information.
If you get an email like this, be sure to stay away from it and don't click on any links or give out any of your personal or other account information. It's likely a scam looking to capitalize on the recent iCloud hack fear and paranoia over celebrities' hacked accounts.
- If you're worried about your iCloud account being hacked, Apple has put new security measures in place to help keep your information safe. Click here to learn all about them.
But how can you tell if an email is legit or a scam? The hackers might think they are crafty, but there are some solid tell-tale signs that stick out like a sore thumb.
Can you spot all the signs of a scam?
This is an automated message system to let you know that you need to confirm your account information within 48 hours.
Your account Apple has been temporarily blocked to protect.
The account will continue to be frozen until it is approved and confirm your account information.
Once you have updated your account records, your information will be confirmed and your account will start to function normally again.
This will help protect the future. The process does not take more than 3 minute.
Make confirm your account information click the link below and follow the instructions that will be needed!
Confirm Your Information
Let's go over them.
- The From address. The From address should come for Apple, not apple and would have a return address with an official Apple email address, not the one they have there. Also, the subject line is off. "your apple id will disabled." Not only is there a missing word here, "your" is not capitalized. Any reputable company that sends legit emails like this takes time to proofread - especially Apple. Always cross-reference emails like these with other official emails you've received from Apple just to make sure.
- There is no greeting. How do you know the email went to the right person if it's not addressed to anyone in particular?
- Automated message. If your account has been suspended, why is this an automated email?
- Your account Apple ... blocked to protect. Again, whoever sent this email didn't bother to proofread.
- More proofreading issues. There is an extra space at the beginning of the paragraph, and the entire sentence is a mess.
- Formatting. The next paragraph isn't formatted properly. If it follows the flow of the rest of the email, there should be a blank line to separate the paragraphs.
- 3 minute. Again, more proofreading issues.
- Make confirm. Am I getting repetitive? Enough is enough. I have a great proofreader on my team to make sure mistakes like this don't get in my email newsletters. I'm positive Apple has at least one proofer to look over these email messages.
- Links. The in-body link on "Confirm Your Information" should be a huge giveaway. No company talking about a security problem would include a link in an email. Instead, it would tell you to visit Apple's site and log in to your account. Then it would include instructions on where to go to fix the problem. That's it.
- Again, formatting and spacing. Apple Security team has an extra space, and there are spacing issues with the copyright.
While it's amusing to nitpick one fake email, that's not why I did this. These are problems you can look for in any email you get. It doesn't matter if it's from a huge company or a family member.
Phishing scams, which this is, are on the rise. You'll be seeing more of them flooding your inbox. Learn more about how phishing scams work, and why it isn't just email you should worry about.