- Check the sender’s email – if it does not come from Apple, a message is most likely a phishing attack;
- Grammar errors usually shout at you saying that it’s a phishing email. Large companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook etc. usually have spell-check installed;
- If you’re adventurous enough to click on the links in such message, look at the beginning of an address (domain, particularly): if it’s not apple.com, icloud.com or any other domain you know, it’s definitely an attempt to steal your credit card details or account password;
- If you’ve been an iCloud user for a while, you should probably know that MobileMe account is no longer there. All MobileMe accounts were transferred to iCloud, so when you see a request to log into your MobileMe account, it may not be a legitimate email.
If you got an email stating that your iCloud account renewal failed, be aware: it may be a phishing attempt. An email message then asks that you confirm your credit card to resolve the issue. Whenever such email arrives in your inbox, first look for any clues indicating that the email may not be a legitimate one: