This email, which purports to be a last alert from Apple, claims that your account has been temporarily suspended because the company cannot confirm your information.
It warns that all the services related to your account have been suspended until the matter is resolved. It urges you to click a link and follow the instructions as soon as possible.
However, the email is not from Apple and your account has not been suspended as claimed.
Instead, the email is a phishing scam that tries to trick unsuspecting Apple users into divulging their personal and financial details to online criminals.
If you click the link in the scam email, you will be taken to a fraudulent website and asked to sign in with your Apple ID. The fake site includes the Apple logo and has been designed in a way that makes it look like a genuine Apple web page.
After you enter your Apple ID, you will then be taken to a fake account verification form that asks for your name and contact details, your credit card numbers, and other personal information.
Submitting the form sends your Apple ID and other information to the scammers.
They can then use your information to hijack your Apple account, conduct fraudulent transactions with your credit card, and attempt to steal your identity.
It is always safest to login to your Apple account by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted Apple app rather than by following a link in an email or text message.
Apple has published information about identifying and reporting phishing scams on its website.
An example of the scam email:
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!