This arrived in my email inbox today, and I know it’s circulating around out there, so here’s your warning.
With the subject line “iTunes – Please Verify Your account – 1821980” the email appears to be from Apple, notifying you of an imminent need to update your iTunes account credentials. Don’t be fooled, it’s not from Apple – it’s merely from somebody who’s trying to steal your iTunes/iCloud login credentials. Just hit delete and get on with your life – there’s nothing to see here. If you’ve received one, forward it to Apple at firstname.lastname@example.org and perhaps they can go after the scammers.
A good rule of thumb here is if/when you receive one of these emails, as on occasion they are actually legitimate (Target, Neimans, etc.) don’t click on any of the links in the email, just go to your web browser and manually enter the URL for the allegedly hacked site and try to log in as you normally do. If you successfully log in without any warning messages or alerts, the email was most likely a scam. On the other hand, if you’re prompted to update your login info, the email was apparently legit. It bears repeating: never click on the links included in one of these “your account has been compromised” emails – because that’s where the trouble begins.
Consider yourself warned!