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Apple ‘Your Account Has Expired’ Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, which was supposedly sent by Apple, your account has expired and you can read more information in an attached PDF.

However, the email is not from Apple.  It is a phishing scam designed to steal your personal and financial information.

Here’s what the scam email looks like:

Apple Account Expired Scam Email

If you click the attachment, the following PDF will open:

Expired Apple Account Phishing Scam PDF

Then, if you click the “Update Account” button, a fraudulent website will load in your browser.  The website closely resembles the genuine Apple login page:

Fake Apple Login Page

After you have entered your Apple ID on the fake page, the following message will appear:
Bogus Apple Account Blocked Message

If you click the “Unlock Account” link, the following form will load:

Fake Apple Update Form After you have filled in and clicked “Finish”, all of your information will be sent to online criminals.

The crooks can use the information to hijack your Apple account, conduct fraudulent transactions with your credit card, and steal your identity.
Apple phishing scams like this one continue to be very common and take many forms. 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.

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,
Hoax-Slayer