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Apple Customers Being Targeted in “iCloud Mail” Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Apple customers are being targeted in yet another phishing scam.  Bogus “Welcome to iCloud” scam emails are currently hitting inboxes.  The messages claim that Apple was unable to confirm your account information and warn that your account has been suspended pending resolution of the problem.

Fake Emails Tell You to Click To Lift The Suspension

The emails urge you to click a link and follow the instructions to rectify the supposed issue.

The bogus emails look like this:
Welcome to iCloud Email Phishing Scam

Link Opens a Fraudulent Apple Sign In Page

If you click on the link in the scam email you will be taken to a fake website that has been built to emulate a real Apple sign In page.  Once on the fake site, you will be asked to sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Fake Apple Sign In Page

Bogus Forms Then Ask For Your Personal and Financial Information

Next, you will be asked to supply your name and credit card details.

Apple Phishing Scam Fake Form

After you click the “Continue” button on the fake form, you will be taken to a second form that asks for your home address, phone number, and date of birth.

Welcome to iCloud Phishing Scam Bogus Website

When you click the “Finish” button, you will be automatically redirected to the genuine Apple website.

Criminals Now Have Your Data

At this point, the crooks can collect all of the information you’ve supplied. They can use the information to:

  • Access your Apple account, steal more information you have stored there, make purchases in your name, and use your Apple email account to send spam and scam messages.
  • Buy products and services using your credit card.
  • Attempt to steal your identity.

Apple Customers Continually Targeted

This type of phishing attack is far from uncommon. Apple is targetted almost continually via such phishing scams, as are other high profile companies such as PayPal.

If you receive one of these emails, do not click any links in the message. It is always best to login to your Apple account by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via an official app.

Report Scams to Apple

The Apple website includes more information about identifying such phishing scams. It includes email addresses that you can use to report phishing scam messages that have come your way.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,