First off, Merry Xmas all!
Now that the pleasantries are out of the way, as the title states, and this can never be said too much...Beware of Phishing Scams!
To quote Wikipedia's entry for Phishing - "Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication"
It occurred to me a few days ago that some of you out there may not be aware of what to look for to help protect yourself from these bottom feeders (coincidentally, right after I received a fairly well done phishing email). So I decided it was time for a new article and I made some screenshots that will give you a good idea of some things to look for.
These guys go out of their way to make things look legitimate, like in the first screenshot below of a phishing attempt to collect my AppleID info
Now, depending on the browser you are using (this example shows how Internet Explorer handled it) you may indeed get a warning page like the one in the second screenshot below.
But you may not, especially if it's a new scam that hasn't been reported or caught yet. Which brings us to what to look for. The FIRST place you always want to check is the address bar, this is critical and can save you many headaches down the road. The third screenshot below is a perfect example of why.