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Apple ‘Unusual Transaction Attempt’ Phishing Scam Email

by Brett M. Christensen

This email, which purports to be from Apple, claims that your account has been locked for your protection. 

Supposedly, the company prevented an “unusual transaction attempt on your Apple account”.

The email urges you to click a “Verify Your Account” link to rectify the supposed problem and unlock your account.

However, the email is not from Apple and your account has not been locked as claimed.

Instead, the email is a phishing scam designed to steal your personal and financial information.

If you click the link, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that has been built to emulate a genuine Apple web page.

Once on the fake site, you will be asked to supply your Apple ID, your credit card numbers, your name and contact details, and other identifying information.

The criminals can collect this information and use it to hijack your Apple account, conduct fraudulent credit card transactions, and attempt to steal your identity.

Apple customers are regularly targeted in scams like this one.  The Apple website includes more information about such phishing scams and how to report them.

An example of the scam:

Dear [Email Address Removed]


For your protection, your account is automatically locked.


We have prevented an unusual transaction attempt on your Apple account. This may have been because you’re signing in from a new location or from a different device. Please review the sign in details below:


Country: Mexico
Date and time: 23 October 2017
IP Address:
Operating System: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_12_6) AppleWebKit/603.3.8 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/10.1.2 Safari/603.3.8


Verify Your Account


Support team detect unauthorised person has accessed your account and now your account access has been locked for security measures, you must update your account information and reset your account password info.

If you do not update your account within 12 hours (from opening this email) it will be Temporary Locked


Apple Team

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,