Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2010 2:26 PM (in response to Mac MD)Mac:
I have never received this type of an email however I checked out the link that you provided and it appears to be legitimate Apple iTunes Store related link.
You are right though, the phishing emails that we get sound and look pretty much like the Apple email you copied and especially then it takes you to enter a username and a password.
Axel F.MacBook Pro - 2GB RAM - Windows XP, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 6, 2010 7:23 AM (in response to Mac MD)It's not a phish. But you can ensure that you won't be fooled if you follow the last sentence's advice and just use the "Check for Available Downloads" command in iTunes. Since that does only to the iTunes Store and obviously cannot be used to disguise a link to some bogus site, it's completely safe.
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Currently Being ModeratedAug 23, 2010 1:58 PM (in response to Mac MD)Hi,
I recieved an email from apple(at)access.com telleing me that I need to activate my account to prevent a deactivation. I'll post the email. Unfortunately I cklicked the link and entered my apple Id. I've tried to google if anybody else got a message like that but found nothing. I#ve changed my aplle Id Password.
Can someone tell me if this email was phishing or a real apple email?
ohh and it's in german, so hopefully someone can read it, or just check the link.
Melden Sie sich bitte bei Ihrem Apple Account an, um dessen Deaktivierung zu vermeiden.
Laut unseren Aufzeichnungen haben Sie Ihren Account seit 90 Tagen nicht mehr benutzt. Damit Ihr Account aktiviert bleibt, müssen Sie sich mindestens alle 90 Tage bei Ihrem Account anmelden.
Um ein Wiederholen des Registrierungsvorgangs zu vermeiden, melden Sie sich bitte jetzt unter portal.apple.com bei an.
-----------------MacBook Pro 13"
Currently Being ModeratedAug 23, 2010 2:04 PM (in response to cdboehmer)
I recieved an email from apple(at)access.com
That was phishing.
You immediately need to change your AppleID password and security questions here -> http://www.apple.com/contact/myinfo/
I recommend you remove any Ccredit card info from iTunes.Mac mini (mid 2010) - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle, iTunes 9.1.1 (12)
Currently Being ModeratedAug 23, 2010 2:08 PM (in response to varjak paw)I would add that although the text address copied is the correct address, the link in the email might have been spoofed to lead to an alternative password stealing site. I guess there is also the potential, however remote, for some form of traffic redirection. The safest thing is not to leave a credit card connected to your account.
tt2Various PCs, Windows XP Pro, iPhone3GS 4.0.2, 160Gb 1.1.2/2.0.4, 30Gb 1.3, Nano 1.4 - iTunes 126.96.36.199
Currently Being ModeratedAug 23, 2010 2:10 PM (in response to Chris CA)thanx for the quick response. I already changed my password and my secure question. got no creditcard information on itunes just click and buy.
****, you always think who falls for this, until it happens to yourselfMacBook Pro 13"
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 5, 2012 7:01 AM (in response to Mac MD)
I also did get a similar email to the 2nd one (cdboehmer's post) indicated in this , however, in my case, it was in English as it should be, and it is real. In my case, it was apparently a notification regarding Apples Sale's information, which I do only rarely log into and I do have an account with due to my affiliation with Apple.
Of course, It's always good to be on the safe side, and ask if your not sure it's a a fake, say, here on these forums or where ever you can get some good advice, and remember, if you get an email with a 'link', instead, you can always type in a URL manually, instead of clicking on a link that may or may not take you to where it looks like it will take you, but could be a fake made to look like the real site to fake you out.
Some applications also will show you the REAL underlying URL for the link, if you hover the mouse over the URL/link for a few seconds, and if it's not going to the right place but some other bogus web site, then it is most likely phishing/spam/UCE, etc...
I was also able to validate in the email headers that it did come from Apple (although that too can be spoofed and could be lies).
In this particular case, it's legit.
The original and real email:
Subject: First notification:your Apple account has been inactive
Please log in to your Apple account to avoid deactivation
Our records indicate that your account has been inactive for 90 days. To keep your account active, you need to log into your account at least once every 90 days.
To avoid repeating the registration process, please log into at portal.apple.com
(the link here is: https://portal.apple.com/, which is real.)
Hope that helps,
Certified Member of the
Apple Consultants Network
Apple Certified (ACHDS)
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Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2011 7:12 AM (in response to Mac MD)
I just became an similar mail from firstname.lastname@example.org. It's in french (my language). Here's it :
Merci de vous connecter à votre compte Apple pour éviter sa désactivation
Selon nos données, votre compte est inactif depuis 90 jours. Pour conserver votre compte, vous devez vous y connecter au moins une fois tous les 90 jours.
Afin d'éviter de recommencer la procédure d'inscription, merci de vous connecter à l'adresse portal.apple.com
Then, you arrive on this <registration> webpage
This is phishing. Do not continue. Put the mail in the trash.
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Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2011 7:04 AM (in response to juju67)
(note - This thread was from August 2010).
If the email is really from Apple, it will be an Apple.com address as the actual link (not what is displayed, which can be different than the actual link).
He may have mistyped as yours show access @apple.com
Your email looks legitimate.