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Phishing Scam Fools Some MobileMe Customers

Phishing Scam Fools Some MobileMe Customers

by , 4:55 PM EDT, August 14th, 2008

A Phishing scam timed to coincide with the launch of MobileMe has tricked hundreds of Apple customers into divulging their credit card numbers, according to Computerworld on Thursday.

An Internet security company, CardCops, said the phishing scam worked on over 100 people in just one day. The company successfully identified the server where the scammers had stored the data.

CardCops pieced together the scam and found it to be particularly sophisticated. Customers were asked to re-enter their credit card information, likely as they transitioned from .Mac to MobileMe, due to a billing problem.

Other researchers noted that the e-mail text was clean and sleek, and it lacked the typical telltale signs of a scam. The e-mail even linked to some Apple pages.

TMO notes that if a user suspects that their credit card number with Apple is expired or somehow dropped, one test is to simply buy a song from iTunes for $0.99. If the transaction works, all's well. Or just call Apple at 800-MY-APPLE (692-7753).

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