MobileMe service from Apple has been presenting its users with problems since day one. First, it snuck quietly onto computers by being bundled with iTunes. We seemed to be the only people complaining about that. Several outages followed the launch of MobileMe and plenty of problems still plague users of the service. Some can argue that MobileMe hasn't been doing its job very well. Now, MobileMe users have something else worry about: phishing scams.The
The Hunt Begins...
According to a recent post from Computer World, users are receiving a typical phishing email, only instead of being plagued with the numerous grammar hints, this email is well written.
"Welcome. We were unable to process your most recent payment. Did you recently change your bank, phone number or credit card?
To ensure that your service is not interrupted, please update your billing information today by clicking here, After a few clicks, just verify the information you entered is correct."
While some may be able to avoid this problem, 100 - 200 .mac users were scammed in one day. Names, address, credit card numbers, passwords, and more were taken advantage of in these phishing attacks. Apparently the attackers have been very smart, effectively timing the attacks with the launch of the MobileMe service, where Apple forced some of the users of its older .Mac service to switch to the new MobileMe. In this respect, the phishing email could pass as a real email from Apple for some users.
What to Watch For
If you check your email in the future and happen to see the following email in your inbox, spam it and ignore it.