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.
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.
Bogus Forms Then Ask For Your Personal and Financial Information
Next, you will be asked to supply your name and credit card details.
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.
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
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 NoticeAfter 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 YouI 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 DateHoax-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!