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updated 5/24/2011 3:51:20 PM ET 2011-05-24T19:51:20

How excited are you about the iPhone 5?

Online criminals know there are enough gadget hounds out there to make a scam surrounding any shiny new Apple device a surefire moneymaker. To that end, they've already begun sending out phishing emails for the iPhone 5.

The phishing emails appear to be official emails from Apple.com, with the title "Finally. The amazing iPhone 5. Now available in black edition." The body of the message shows a hand holding a transparent iPhone, followed by an enticing offer to "check it out," according to MacRumors.

Although there's been much speculation about the next generation iPhone, Apple has not set a release date for it. In fact, Apple hasn't even announced it yet, but that isn't stopping this cleverly crafted Mac-themed scam from spreading.

So what are you checking out when you click the link to see the new iPhone 5?

You won't receive any info about the smartphone, but you will enable a rigged Windows file to run malicious code on your computer. And you'll also be taken to a phony Apple Web page that asks for your Apple ID and other sensitive information.

Apple announces new products, especially ones of this magnitude, in highly publicized press conferences. So if you receive an unsolicited email purporting to have information about the new iPhone 5, ignore it.

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