Phishing Example: ITunes Access Disabled

February 21, 2016

What makes this a Phishing message?

  • The sender address is highly suspicious - it is meant to appear to be from Apple Support, but it is not.
  • "Dear User" is an inappropriate salutation; the signature from "Inc.Apple" is also a poor attempt to fool the recipient.
  • The "Click here" link leads to a malicious website.

Original Message:

Subject: Your access has been disabled
From: "App.Support" <>
Date: 2/21/2016 4:33 PM
To: <adress removed>

Dear User

Your Itunes-ID has been disabled .
You've place your account under the risk of termination by not keeping the correct informations .
Please verify your account as soon as possible.
Ready to check ?
Click here to get back your account.


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