Saturday, March 29, 2014

Beware! Convincing iTunes Phishing Scam Going Around

Fortunately, I am extremely wary of just about any email that I'm not expecting.  And in my case, I know for a fact that I have blocked In-App purchase religiously on every device we own.  A $200 charge on one's credit card courtesy of a couple of pre-teen kids buying "brains" will make one vigilant for the rest of one's life.  Apple refunded that charge with an apology, that crappy game was swiftly deleted, and I've not had a problem since.  All of which is just a prologue for the story here, which is this phishing email I received yesterday:
Dear iTunes account owner,
Apple is committed to providing parents and kids with a great experience on the App Store. We
review all app content before allowing it on our store, provide a wide range of age-appropriate
content, and include parental controls in iOS to make it easy for parents to restrict or disable
access to content.
We’ve heard from some customers that it was too easy for their kids to make in-app purchases.
As a result, we’ve improved controls for parents so they can better manage their children’s
purchases, or restrict them entirely. Additionally, we are offering refunds in certain cases.
Our records show that you made some in-app purchases, and if any of these were unauthorized purchases by a minor, you might be eligible for a refund from Apple.
Please follow the steps below to submit a refund request:
It is true that this can be a problem.  But you'll have a much bigger problem on your hands if you click on anything in this deceitful spammer's message.  Now of course, I'm not going to include the offending links.  But the graphics, the spoofed email address, even the font all look pretty professional.  I'm sure they're getting quite a few people with this evil ruse.  Don't be one of them.

If you do want to be sure that the good people at Apple are offering you an unsolicited attempt to clawback a child's purchase, just open up iTunes, go to My Account, and look at your recent purchases.  But for god's sake don't click a link in some unexpected email.

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