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MobileMe members receiving scam 'iCloud' e-mails

updated 08:35 pm EDT, Mon August 29, 2011

Requesting credit-card info for free service

An e-mail asking for credit card information is being sent to MobileMe and other Mac users purporting to want the info so the user can "sign up for iCloud," but it is a hoax. The iCloud service, set to begin sometime in the fall, has not rolled out yet -- and is a free offering which MobileMe members will automatically be enrolled in. The e-mail, supposedly sent from "The Apple store Team," (sic) goes on to warn MobileMe users that their subscription will be extended and invites users to "sign up" for iCloud.

Like most scam e-mails, the message is rife with errors and unprofessional spelling and grammar errors, which should alert most targets that it is not authentic. For example, the word "button" is misspelled, and the complimentary subscription to Mobile Me for all users has been in effect for months -- with the service ending on June 30th, 2012, not July 31st of that year. Also, the letter is signed by "The Apple store (sic) Team" even though it is allegedly sent from the "MobileMe Team." The Apple Store has no connection to MobileMe or to iCloud.

Clicking on the link, however, will take users to an appropriately Apple-esque sign-up page where they are prompted to enter their credit-card details. MobileMe members have been targeted with scam e-mails before, including one scheme that fooled hundreds of users.

Apple has posted a FAQ regarding the transition to iCloud from MobileMe, and users are encouraged to avoid clicking on links in e-mails that seem suspicious. Users of the default Mac mail program Mail can opt to reveal the headers of the e-mail to determine where it is really coming from, as well as see what URL the blue hotlinks actually link to. As a rule of thumb, if a link in an e-mail sends the recipient to a page asking for credit-card or bank details, it is best avoided and reported to authorities.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Can Apple and Law Enforcement

    take some kind of action on this? Or are they in an untouchable country? If they give you a place to send their CC info to, you would think the IP providers would have their info if they have to pay their service bills.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That's the only malware out there?

    I wonder if Apple can start filtering .Mac and MobileMe email for obvious phishing spam like this. I haven't received anything like that yet (knock on wood) so maybe they already are.

  1. chas_m



    Phishing ≠ Malware

    Phishing emails and websites are not the same thing as malware.

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  1. imNat-imadouche

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This ain't good. Considering Apple customers are the most gullible of consumers. They'll easily fall for this.

    I mean they fell for Steve's BS whenever he introduced so-so features on his so-so products

  1. facebook_Nancy

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    Joined: Aug 2011


    MobileMe members receiving scam 'iCloud' e-mails

    I checked my MobileMe email box and I never recieved anything like that. Besides I set my settings on spam for mail that has misspelled words or things that have pills or want to sell me something.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Can Apple and Law Enforcement

    Yes, because all the other spam and phishing emails are one thing. Who cares about that. But these make it seem like they're from Apple. We must put a stop to them!

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