According to this “subscription confirmation” email, which purports to be from Apple, your last purchase was reviewed by Apple’s system because a new device was used for the transaction.
Supposedly, Apple suspects that your account was used by someone else to purchase a three-month subscription for an image app.
The email instructs you to click a button to cancel the suspect transaction.
However, the email is not from Apple and the listed transaction is not a real one. And the claim that your account was accessed by someone else is also untrue.
In fact, the fake transaction listing and the false account security claims are designed to panic recipients into clicking the “cancel” button. Recipients who believe the claims may quickly click the button without due forethought.
If you do click the button, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that looks like it belongs to Apple.
Once on the fake site, you will be instructed to sign in with your Apple ID. Next, you will be presented with a fake “Cancel Transaction” form that asks for your credit card numbers, your name and contact details, and other identifying personal information.
Once you submit the fake form, all of the information you supplied will be sent to the criminals responsible for the phishing attack. They can then use the information to take control of your Apple account, commit fraudulent credit card transactions, and attempt to steal your identity.
Note that the subscription supposedly purchased, the amount paid, and other details may vary in different versions of these scam emails. Scammers regularly target Apple users in such phishing attacks.
It is always safest to login to your Apple account by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via a legitimate Apple app.
The Apple website includes information about identifying and reporting such phishing messages.
An Example of the scam email:
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!