This email, which purports to be from Apple, claims that your due payment has been scheduled. It includes an attached PDF that supposedly contains information about the payment.
Opening the attachment reveals what appears to be a subscription confirmation receipt from Apple. The receipt supposedly confirms that you have purchased a subscription for a popular music app and Apple will charge you an ongoing monthly fee.
The receipt explains that if you didn’t order the subscription or you think an unauthorised person has accessed your account, you should click a “cancel” link.
However, Apple did not send the email. Instead, it is a phishing scam designed to trick you into handing over your personal information to online criminals.
Clicking the link opens a fraudulent website that has been built to emulate the official Apple site. The fake webpage first asks you to log in with your Apple ID.
Next, it asks you to complete a ‘Cancel Subscription” form. The form requests your name and contact details, your credit card numbers, and other identifying information.
After you submit the form, the site redirects you to the real Apple website.
Meanwhile, the criminals can collect the information you supplied and use it to hijack your Apple account, conduct fraudulent transactions with your credit card, and, possibly, steal your identity as well.
Apple phishing scams like this one are very common. If you receive one, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.
The Apple website includes information about identifying and reporting these phishing emails.
Screenshots of the email and attached PDF:
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!