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I got an email with no links nor was it asking for information. It simply said " Your Apple iTunes account has been temporarily suspended because your Credit Card is Limited"
It had a normal top of the email with an address for the from and reply to of : inc(at)apple.com

First my CC on file with Apple is an old one that has expired .

However I called Apple to be sure they had not sent this and also to check if anyone had tried to use my iTunes account. They said this is not anything they sent and they had no record of anyone trying to use my account .

I think the way this Phishing email would get info is if someone foolishly "replied" to it and gave info . I changed my password with iTunes again just to be on the safe side

It is a jungle out there !

ALSO where do I change my password here? I can't find a place to change it

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I think the way this Phishing email would get info is if someone foolishly "replied" to it and gave info . I changed my password with iTunes again just to be on the safe side...
This is actually a VERY common phishing ploy. E-mails that look very very legit (Paypal, Apple, eBay, USPS, banks, credit cards, etc.). But when the sender & reply email address's are carefully examined...you then know they are not legit.

Thanks for mentioning it. We all need constant reminders about these things!

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Almost all of these phishing emails follow the same pattern, claiming your account is somehow compromised/diminished/limited or whatever with a link for you to verify the information. When you click on the link, you will be taken to a site that looks like the real one but is entirely fake. You enter your information, it's saved and then they pass you to the real site where you'll see a failure. You'll think you just mistyped your password (you didn't) and re-type. This time, you get onto the real site and don't realize you just went through a place where they harvested your credentials..

Good for you for checking up on the email with Apple. Most webmail services like GMail, Outlook, Yahoo catch these kinds of emails as phishing/spam..

To change your password on this site, click on User CP on the top bar, then Edit your details on the left and then the EDIT EMAIL & PASSWORD button..

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Thanks -- Now I got my password changed here . I am changing every password even on sites that are only forums.

I read the Hackers compile data from various sources/ sites and create a profile for a person with all the info .

We need a law that says "No one's personal or financial information can be stored on any computer that is connected to the Internet "
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Thanks -- Now I got my password changed here . I am changing every password even on sites that are only forums.
Unless you just want to...there's no immediate need to change all your passwords. Changing your passwords is not going to change how many of these phishing emails you get.

The only reason to change a password...is if you actually & accidentally...replied to one of these phishing e-mails/websites...thinking that it was the "real thing"...and entered your personal info.

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I have not clicked on nor replied to any email I didn't expect . I never give personal info to an email request or over the phone . Yet, since last March my CC has been hacked 3 times . Each time it was used fraudulently the bank canceled it and sent me a new one that was also hacked . Fortunately my account is on High Fraud Alert at my bank and the thieves only got merchandise once . The other 2 times the shipments of the ill-gotten goods were intercepted and stopped .

Needless to say I am very suspicious of any emails I get or sites I visit . That is why I am changing all of my passwords on any site I visit .

As a last resort I will change my email address but I have had this one for years so that will only be done if all else fails .


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I have not clicked on nor replied to any email I didn't expect . I never give personal info to an email request or over the phone . Yet, since last March my CC has been hacked 3 times .
Credit Card hacking is not always connected to websites that you have passwords/accounts with. There are other ways for credit card accounts to get hacked. Of course there have been some recent company database's being compromised (eBay and AOL).

And of course if your CC's have been hacked 3x since March...I would think that changing passwords would have been done months ago...not as of the date of this thread.

If you've never replied to a phishing e-mail...then the credit card hacking you have experienced is not due to phishing. It's either due to a company's database being hacked...or "bad folks" got your credit card numbers in some other way. Like looking over your shoulder at a store, gas station...an unscrupulous store employee, etc.

I think that your initial post was about e-mail phishing...now it's morphing into your CC's being hacked 3x. If we are going to change subjects...let's not confuse the two topics.

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If you've never replied to a phishing e-mail...then the credit card hacking you have experienced is not due to phishing. It's either due to a company's database being hacked...or "bad folks" got your credit card numbers in some other way. Like looking over your shoulder at a store, gas station...an unscrupulous store employee, etc.
I agree. Credit Card hacking is almost always due to either a dishonest employee or as Nick stated, getting into the company's data base. Remember the fiasco with Target last Xmas season? That cost Target millions in lost sales.

We have had out personal CC hacked twice and our business CC also hacked several times but each time we caught it and stopped the charges. What was amazing was when our business CC was hacked, the charges turned up in Colorado at a Walmart! The bank told us that our CC info was probably sold to someone in Colorado.
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I had to have one of my credit cards replaced recently (my main one)...due to some big unknown/unauthorized large charges. Must have been a company database hack. What a pain. Had to go to all sorts of websites to update my account info!

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Best to ignore anything from Apple, Banks, eBay and PayPal asking for personal and credit details. Scammers abound! At least Nick my bank rang me, even if it was 3.10am, last week asking was I using an ATM in Istanbul, Turkey, trying to withdraw $5,000.00 cash!! You are right about the hassle of a replacement credit card but better than scammers getting the cash.

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At least Nick my bak rang me, even if it was 3.10am, last week asking was I using an ATM in Istanbul, Turkey, trying to withdraw $5,000.00 cash!!
Wow, Harry. We knew you were fast, but not that fast! Maybe you were using the new "Apple Transporter" which will be announced at the next big Apple Gala in San Francisco.
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You are right about the hassle of a replacement credit card but better than scammers getting the cash.
I certainly agree 100% Harry. I would much rather deal with updating my account info on websites...than have a bunch of money missing!

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Unless you just want to...there's no immediate need to change all your passwords. Changing your passwords is not going to change how many of these phishing emails you get.
This is true. And to stop the phishing emails, you need to be sure where you leave your email, ie: When subscribing to a Newsletter, or signing up to a new site, or buying something online. Make sure you read their Agreement and look for "We never will sell your email on to a 3rd party"

I have been very diligent over the last 5 yrs, and I rarely, if ever get a phishing email, or even those viagra ones now.
I also have a spam email, that I use primarily for those websites that I'm not sure about, and when I do check it, its full of people wanting to sell me crap !!

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