Close call. And I consider myself pretty savvy when it comes to recognizing phishing schemes -- attempts to collect log-in information via a fake communication from a normally trusted company or website.
If you're an Apple customer and get an email like this, beware. Title of email was "Please verify your information for your Apple ID."
Maybe because of late night grogginess, I actually clicked on the link. Which led to a page that looked like the Apple web site. There were boxes to put in my account ID and password. Fortunately, an alarm bell went off in my brain.
I went back and looked at the email more closely. Since most of the scams seem to come from overseas, usually there are some English language errors. In this case:
Link does not work? Try again may be affected by the speed of the Internet or the site
Hmmmm. A missing "to" before protect; a capital "V" in verify; the weird "Try again..." phrasing. Plus, the sender's address was "apple." Every email I get from Apple has said "Apple," with a capital "A."
Irritating. But this is how the world works, these days. Can't relax on the Internet.
Here's a thread on the (real) Apple discussion group site about similar phishing schemes. Apple advises:
Avoid phishing scams. Don’t click on links in suspicious email messages, and don’t provide personal information on any website you aren’t certain is legitimate.
If you suspect that someone knows your Apple ID username and password, change your account password immediately.