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.
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:
Date and time: 23 October 2017
IP Address: 188.8.131.52
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