iPhone and eBay Phishing Scam

Filed Under: SophosLabs, Spam

Apple's products such as the iMac, the Mac Mini, the iPod and the iPhone tend to generate a lot of interest and publicity around the world. Media publicity regarding the iPhone and its successor, the iPhone 3G have become so huge that these phrases have become such big buzz words.

As a result, it comes as no surprise that these Apple products are fast gaining more and more notoriety as targets of abuse by spammers, phishers and malware authors.

Today, an eBay phishing scam came in the form of a seemingly innocent query about the sale of iPhones. The scam message is quite simple and appears as follows:

At first sight, it appears to be a product spam campaign to promote the iPhone. However, when clicking the link that came with the attached email, a fake eBay page comes up. This email is actually a ruse designed to steal an eBay user's information.

SophosLabs analysts have encountered many instances of such misdirection of legitimate websites. They range from internet banking websites to online retail websites. As always, online users should take precautions and never attempt to follow an embedded weblink to an online store or a banking website from an email, even if by first appearances, it looks legitimate.

SophosLabs analysts have since blocked this scam campaign.

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