On Black Friday, online shoppers are being warned about a bogus email which promises shoppers a gift certificate to use on Apple’s iTunes store. [25 November 2011]


Warning: iTunes Scam Certificate Contains MalwareThe research team at email security firm Eleven is warning about phishing and malware emails in circulation that have the subject line ‘iTunes Gift Certificate’. The email promises a $50 equivalent discount for anyone shopping on the iTunes store. The email claims an attachment on the email contains a code that shoppers can use to claim the discount. In fact, the attachment contains malware consisting of executable files which are activated every time you start up Windows. Fraudsters can use this malware to access personal information and log-in details from the computer it becomes installed in.
Protect yourself from phishing and malware


  • Beware that in the build-up to Christmas, fraudsters and computer criminals will try to take advantage of the fact that many people are shopping for presents and will tailor their scams to try to take advantage of that.
  • Any unsolicited offer or discount that seems too good to be true probably is.
  • Never open attachments from unknown senders.
  • If you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud.

Read more about the iTunes discount phishing and malware scam on Eleven’s website.


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