Scam Alert: Don’t Trust Emails From Apple About iPhone5

Fraudulent emails have started surfacing that announce the imminent availability of the new iPhone 5GS from coming Friday. These emails are part of a new wave of phishing scams and are likely to be an attempt to hack Apple IDs and passwords.

The Apple ID of a user is his/her core identity in the eyes of Apple Inc, and any cyber criminal can get to enjoy all the services that Apple has to offer on your behalf. The hacker would have unlimited access to all of user apps and can utilize the user’s money (which is some cases is a lot) to buy new ones.

If a user gets deceived into clicking any link embedded in the email to explore further about the mythical iPhone 5GS, he will end up downloading a Windows executable file — believed to be malware (virus, Trojans, key-loggers, worms, backdoors, etc). The email awfully looks like an official email from Apple and the scammer has spent a lot of time to design and execute this scam. However, there are some discrepancies in the email image, making it suspicious. Have a look at the email image below.

So what do you think? Just in case if you didn’t notice anything wrong following are some points in the image that must have raised eyebrows.

Transparency and Sliding Keyboard:

The assortment of images raises a few questions – how can a transparent iPhone include a slide out keyboard? Has the technology became so sophisticated overnight?

5G(S):

Previously there was an iPhone 3G followed by a 3G(S). Currently being on the iPhone 4, following normal practices from Apple one should expect either iPhone 4(S) or iPhone 5 before 5G(S) hits the shelves. The most important point worth noticing is that G is not an abbreviation for generation of devices and is actually a reference to the technology of mobile signal it is capable of utilizing.

Image Quality and Pixelation:

There is a lot of pixelation in the main image – something unthinkable in a regular email from Apple.

Spelling Mistakes:

Spelling mistakes are common practice in spam emails. However, there is only one spelling mistake in this email, or maybe we can call it a grammatical mistake. The “i” in the iPhone has been written Iphone and this is not something one could expect from a company having a trademark of little i big second letter way of spelling.

So if you have received such an email, just delete it right away, and in case you downloaded the malware – do refrain from installing it.

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