Phishing bait: E-mail notification from iTunes offering a free $50 gift certificate.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2010]
From: iTunes Online Store
Subject: Thank you for buying iTunes Gift Certificate!
You have received an iTunes Gift Certificate in the amount of $50.00
You can find your certificate code in attachment below.
Then you need to open iTunes. Once you verify your account, $50.00 will be credited to your account, so you can start buying music, games, video right away.
Origins: E-mail messages (like the one reproduced above) offering free $50.00 iTunes gift certificates were spammed to thousands of Internet users in May 2010. The messages did not originate with iTunes and were not legitimate — they were lures intended to trick recipients into opening the attached .ZIP file, which harbors a form of malware (a variant of the Sapik trojan).
Last updated: 26 May 2010