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e-mail from Apple AppStore? No, it's a SCAM!

If you receive an email like this, pretending to be from Apple AppStore, try to avoid being tempted! It may look green and delicious, but it's poisoned, like a Manchineel Apple! (manzanilla de la muerte, "little apple of death"). So, avoid! It's rotten to the core. Look, I'll show you where the maggot is. First, here's a stuffed version of the message...

----- Original Message -----
From: Apple AppStore <app-store@apple.com>
To: support @ Zyra
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2010 2:41 PM
Subject: 3530-00742 Apple App-Store Notification

Apple Store
Call 1-800-MY-APPLE

Order Info

You can also contact Apple Store Customer Service or visit online for more information.

Visit the Apple Online Store to purchase Apple hardware, software, and third-party accessories.
Copyright 2010 Apple Inc. All rights reserved.

Checked by AVG.
Version: 7.5.560 / Virus Database: 270.12.26/2116 - Release Date: 15/05/09 06:16

The message is faked up to look just as if Apple App-Store are sending out SPAM! However, as far as we know, they don't do that. The "From:" address is forged, or to put it another way, there is spoofing going on. So, despite the fact that it looks like a FREE ADVERT for Apple, it is not actually from Apple themselves.

You can see this if you can read a URL, as the link in the spam e-mail goes to http://almedicgroup.com/honorer.html and not to Apple! Another one is http://cnfv.es/orphaned.html . So, where it says "Order Info", trying to lure you into visiting Apple, it's going to somewhere completely different. Also, it's probably not some affiliate sending spam, but more likely to be a phishing attack, where crooks try to fool you into entering your personal details which are then used for sinister purposes.

I would guess that the phone number 1-800-MY-APPLE is real. It is presumably a United States free phone number for Apple 1-800-69-27753 as per the phone numbers with letters in. Of course this does not mean that the message is genuine. My speculation is that Apple are horrified that someone is impersonating them and sending spam.

I'm not particularly pro-Apple myself, and in my opinion the way they operate a monopoly of "Apps" is decidedly iffy. Also, I'm slightly miffed at being excluded from the Apple Affiliate Program, but it is anyone's prerogative to miss out! I don't like Microsoft either, but at least they have accepted me on their affiliate program! Perhaps they are less narrow-minded about gambling and other modes of freedom of choice! However, although I don't get on entirely in agreement with the corporate ways of Apple, I don't think it's right that they should be impersonated by spam-senders and rogues. So, regarding Apple, I'm defending them even if I don't like them!

I dislike PayPal even more, and yet I'm defending them in a scambusting style as per the "PayPal" message at the gallery of Bank Messages

If you want to visit Apple, and you don't mind about paying good money for "Apps" which are sold in a monopolistic style, then you can still visit Apple yourself. However, you should avoid linking on ridiculous e-mail spam links! You should Get an Address Bar, learn how to Read a Web Address, and go for some self-empowering ideas (which aren't really in the spirit of Apple or Microsoft, and are more of a Linux thing!?).

There is a page about Apple here, and the true web address is published on that page.