There's a phishing scam happening right now that could affect hundreds of millions of Internet users. You need to know about this scam, so you can prevent hackers from taking you to a malicious website where they'll ask for your mailing address and credit card information.
This phishing scam is a particularly good one. Some of the red flags you usually spot in phishing emails, like misspelled words, are in short supply.
It's targeting people with Apple IDs, including 800 million iTunes users. This scam fools you by using Apple's logo, mailing address and high-quality images of its products, like Apple Watch. (Keep reading to see photos.)
This is how it works. The scammers send a letter on Apple letterhead. In that email, the scammers say some limitations have been placed on your Apple account. Those limits will continue until you update your contact information.
Once you click on that link, which you should never do, it takes you to a malicious site. There, you're asked to fill in information like your Apple ID, your password and credit card information on forms that look good enough to be from Apple.
Note: Do you think you can spot a phishing scam? See this phishing email scam to see how good scammers can be.
To protect yourself against this type of phishing scam, there are two simple steps to take. The first one is just this: Don't open links inside emails, especially if you're not 100% sure who sent it.
Second, if you're about to click on a link from a company as reputable as Apple, it's got a customer service department you can contact. Ask if Apple has sent you a link requesting updated contact information. Or, log into your Apple account; click on the Manage My Apple ID tab, to make sure your information is up to date.
Be on the lookout for this phishing scam that's targeting people with Apple IDs.