If you got a new Macbook, iPad or some other Apple product for Christmas, you should be aware that there's a new e-mail scam headed your way. Scammers are sending out a very official-looking e-mail, which requests that you update your billing information.
The scam reportedly targets new Apple owners who are just setting up and registering their new equipments and accounts. The e-mail apparently looks legitimate, and reads, "It has come to our attention that your account billing information records are out of date. That requires you to update your billing information. Failure to update your records will result in account termination."
There is also a link included, "http://store.apple.com," which actually goes straight to the scammer's servers. Clicking on the link and then inputting your information will give the scammer all he needs to steal your identity.
Once you click on the link, you are directed to a fake Apple ID sign-in page, which will give the scammer your login credentials. You will also be prompted to input your name, date of birth, Social Security number, credit card information, billing and shipping addresses, and your Apple ID and password.
Be extra vigilant when you receive unsolicited e-mails. Do not click on any links contained in them, and don't give your personal, financial or account information to anyone unless you are sure of the person on the other end of the request. It's best to check with the company directly to see if the request was made in the first place.