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Monday, February 10, 2014

Warning! The Spammers are getting way too good!

Good Morning All:
Senior Correspondent Arnold Woodworth received  a piece of spam asking him to change his Apple ID. This spam looks very, very authentic. 
If you have the slightest doubt about a message, DON’T OPEN IT! Instead, 
I received a spam that looks like it's an authentic Apple E-mail.  I think a warning on the MacValley Blog is in order.
The "From" field was "".
The subject line was "ID: 123456789"  (not the real number).
I think the intent was to deceive me into thinking the E-mail was about a new Apple ID.
It said "You have a new message!"
It had a link that said "View Message".
I carefully examined the link to find out the URL -- WITHOUT clicking the link.
The URL was
I don't know what sort of web site it is, other than it is from outside the U.S.
I don't remember ever seeing spam of such good quality before.
At first glance, it looks like the aesthetic yet minimalist look that Apple always strives for.
I was tempted to click the link right away but, being somewhat paranoid of spam,
I examined it more closely first.  I'm glad I did.

Here's what the E-mail looked like.
I carefully replaced the link with words "View Message" that don't have the link.

Screen Shot 2014 02 10 at 6 09 19 AM
If you have doubts about the authenticity of a URL, just hover your mouse on the URL in the message. You’ll see a little yellow rectangle pop up with the real URL!
How to spot the URL
Tom Briant
Editor, MacValley Blog

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