No – of course it’s not a new product from our favorite tech trend-setters – but it’s not surprising to see the Apple name being used to generate subjects for pharmacy spam messages. It’s even less surprising to see the new iPad being used to attract curious clickers – especially as the millionth unit was sold. The iPad spam email (see sample) includes some standard “received from Microsoft” footer text to give the appearance of legitimacy. Nevertheless, we had to giggle at the irony of “Microsoft” “announcing” the millionth iPad sale.
A further example is this “confirmation” email supposedly received from an Apple store. The order numbers used in all the samples we analyzed were randomized - apparently to fool content-based anti-spam solutions. Clicking on “order information” leads you to the friendly folk of the Canadian Pharmacy.