3OYS WARNING: Scammers using 'Apple' to dupe you

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - This is one of those phishing scams where the bad guys pose as someone else in hopes of luring you in.

"I don't play a lot of games, but I do play Candy Crush," said Nancy Abbott.

Abbott may be retired with grandchildren, but don't let that fool you. She still stays on top of all the latest technology.

"I do this just to keep my mind active and my fingers agile," she said.

And during the course of trying out different gadgets, Abbott says she's become a big fan of Apple products.

With that in mind, she was pretty alarmed when she received an email from Apple indicating someone had bought music without her permission using her iTunes account.

"The email basically said that I had recently purchased, or someone had recently purchased, an album by the singer Rihanna, and that it was purchased on a device that I don't normally use," Abbott said.

The message sure did look authentic. It clearly displays the Apple logo and even provided a link that takes you to what you believe is an Apple site.

Abbott says she certainly fell for it.

"I went to a website that looks exactly like the Apple website. And because it looked so close to the Apple website, I thought it might be legitimate," she explained.

But once Abbott found herself on that authentic-looking Apple site, she was asked to give sensitive information, including her password

"And that gave me pause," she said. "I thought, 'Something is not right here, because my apple account has that information.' "

3 On Your Side got involved and discovered the email Abbott received and the authentic-looking Apple link were all fake, another twist of the phishing scam.

Apple confirmed to 3 On Your Side that it's yet another phishing scam aimed at getting users to enter in personal information so the scammers can steal it.

Abbott says she's glad she didn't fall for it and wants others to be on the lookout.

"This one was so real, with the logo, with the look of the website -- it just looked real. And I almost fell for it," she said.

By the way, Apple says the iTunes store will never ask you to provide personal information or sensitive account information via email. So, if you get this fake email, delete it.

For more information, visit the following Apple web pages:

Manage your privacy (see the "Stay Secure" section)

Phishing and other suspicious emails

Identifying legitimate emails from the iTunes store

Identifying fraudulent "phishing" email

Security and your Apple ID

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