Bogus Apple Store discount card offer attempts to steal users’ identities

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Spam messages have been sent out by cybercriminals claiming to reward loyal Apple customers with AU$100 (just over US $100) of credit to spend in-store if they just buy a AU$9 discount card.

100 dollars for just 9 dollars? Crumbs.. that’s generous. It’s a wonder that Apple makes any money with marketing campaigns like this! (Or rather it would be, if the email could be trusted).

The message body of the email reads as follows:

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…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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