Beware the Black Friday iTunes malware scam

It's not just bargain hunters taking advantage of Black Friday!

'Tis the season for scams ...

It's not just bargain hunters taking advantage of Black Friday, the scammers are too. Be on the lookout for malware-loaded emails disguised as a $50 iTunes gift certificates.

Here's an example email ... I know that to you or me they look real dodgy (how many mistakes and giveaways can you stop in this one email), but not everyone is as clever as as we are, so you might want to warn friends and family.

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You have received an Itunes Gift Certificate in the amount of $50 You can find your certificate code in the attachment below.

Then you need to open iTunes. Once you verify your account, $50 will be credited to your account. So you can start buying video, music, games right away.

iTunes Store

The malware opens up a backdoor on the user's system to allow more malware to be installed.

'As the holidays ramp up, so do scams like this,' writes Lisa Vaas of Sophos. 'It's understandable that cash-strapped holiday shoppers might be click-happy enough to try to lighten their holiday with $50 worth of free music, video and games.'

Stay safe!