Some people have received an email that looks like it came from Apple. The email promises a $100 reward card. All you have to do is give the scammers your name, address, date of birth, driver’s license, mother’s maiden name and your credit card details, then pay them $9.
It’s a scam. It’s easy for scammers to fake an email, complete with Apple’s logo and their email address. If you hand over any details your credit card will highly likely be sold off and used for fraudulent transactions. And that $9 – you’ll never see it again.
The email looks like:
Dear Apple Customer,Apple is rewarding its long-term customers.
Your loyalty for our products made you eligible for buying an Apple Discount Card.
With this only 9 AU$ Discount Card you will have 100 AU$ credit at any Australian Apple Store or on http://www.apple.com/au/ .
To acquire your Apple Discount Card please download and complete the attached form.100 AU$ Credit Bonus
(You will receive your Apple Discount Card via e-mail in the following 24 hours after your payment has been made.)
Once again, this email does not come from Apple – it’s a scam. You should never trust unsolicited emails (or phone calls or door knockers).
How could anyone fall for this?
Sadly, there are people who think “what if it’s true, I don’t want to miss out”. The same scam would work with any high profile company or product. Be wary and let others know.