Phishing emails are some of the most frustrating emails I have delivered to my inbox. While I’ve never fallen for one, the sheer audacity of the sender, who makes a lame and shameless attempt to steal my login and/or bank details (often using the name of a bank I’ve never dealt with in my life) really infuriates me.
There seems to be one going around at the moment that claims to be from Apple targeting iCloud customers. Unlike traditional spam emails, however, this one won’t attempt to steal your login details when you click on its link. Instead, it wants to sell you flowers.
Spotted by TUAW, the email you see above is quite possibly one of the worst Apple email fakes you’ll come across. There are so many inconsistencies within it it’s laughable. For future reference, and to help you identify fakes like this in the future, here are a few things we wanted to point out.
First, the email claims to come from the “App Store,” an Apple product completely unrelated to iCloud. The email address isn’t an @apple.com email address, and the sender has used an exclamation point in the subject line to spell “!Cloud.” Then there’s the iCloud logo, which looks like it’s been copied and pasted from Google. Have you ever seen Apple use the iCloud name vertically?
Arguably the best indication that this is fake, however, is the English used within the email. The grammar’s terrible, a number of words are spelled wrong, and it reads like it was written by a five-year-old. It also mentions MobileMe, a product that died out months ago. There’s no way this email came from Apple.
Then there’s that link. It points to http://stor-pple.com (not an apple.com or icloud.com address), and when you click on it, it presents you with a list of websites that sell flowers, plants, and cookies. That’s right — it doesn’t attempt to steal your login details, it wants you to buy a nice bouquet.
It goes without saying that if you stumble across any email like this, you should just delete immediately — particularly if it pretends to come from your bank. You could try sending a hate-filled reply littered with expletives to the sender, but I’ve found that these get returned more often than they get delivered.