Apple OS X Mavericks users attacked by phishing scammers

The OS X Mavericks release on 22 October has sparked a storm of downloads, largely thanks to Apple's decision to strip it of a price tag. However, the system has also attracted a band of scammers that are intent on exploiting the mass migration of Apple customers to the latest edition of the operating system.

Users are reporting incidents where, upon downloading the Mavericks installation package, they receive an email emblazoned with the subject “Your Apple ID has been frozen temporarily.” The body of the message – containing a few grammatical slips – informs recipients that they have “tried to access your account more than once from several places and have exceeded the allowable limit for access times for this reason that your account has been frozen.”

In contrast to official Apple emails, which are sent to the account associated with your Apple ID, these emails have been reportedly received by personal accounts, such as work email addresses.

Loud alarm bells should also clang if you ever open an email supposedly from Apple with the salutation “Dear Customer”. The Californian-based technology giant will usually address you by name, and the generic greeting which begins these fake emails is a sure sign of foul play.

If you are still unsure whether the message you've received is genuine, it’s a good idea to take a quick look at the domain that the correspondence came from, or the address of the link that the email will ask you to click on. Thai and Indonesian domains have reportedly already been involved in this phishing scam.

According to an Apple Discussion Board post any suspicious emails can be forwarded to reportphishing@apple.com, which will attempt to deal with the issue.

For more information, check out our handy guide to downloading OS X Mavericks - and whilst you're waiting for that download bar to crawl its way to the finish line, take some time to read through 10 things you should know about Apple's OS X Mavericks.