This email, which purports to be from Apple Support, claims that the company’s automated system was unable to validate your details. Thus, claims the message, you are required to complete a short validation process by clicking a link.
It warns that the validation link will expire 48 hours after the email was sent and your Apple ID may be suspended if you have not validated your account as requested.
But, Apple did not send the email and the validation claims are just a trick to get you to click the link. The message is a scam that phishes for your personal and financial information.
Here’s what the scam email looks like:
If you fall for the ruse and click the link, you will be taken to a fake Apple website and asked to log in with your Apple ID and password. After entering your login details, the following message will appear:
By falsely claiming that your Apple ID has been locked for security reasons, the scammers hope that you will be more likely to fill in the following verification form without due forethought:
After filling in the form, you may see a final message indicating that you have completed the validation process.
But, criminals can now collect the information you provided and use it to hijack your Apple account, commit credit card fraud, and steal your identity.
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!