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‘Confirm Your Apple Account’ Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Message purporting to be from Apple claims that the recipient needs to click a link to log into his or her Apple account and confirm ownership.

Brief Analysis

The email is not from Apple. The message is a phishing scam designed to trick Apple customers into divulging sensitive personal and financial data via a bogus website.

Example

Please confirm your information

Confirmation of your Apple ID gives you easy access to a variety of Apple services, including the iTunes Store, Apple Online Store, iChat, and more

Verification is required to protect your account information and helps us serve you better.

Please log in [Link Removed] to verify your account:

Log in to verify account

Copyright © 2013 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Terms of Use Privacy Policy

 

Subject: Update your account apple

Dear Apple Customer,

To get back into your apple account, you’ll need to confirm your account . It’s easy:
Click the link below to open a secure browser window. Confirm that you’re the owner
of the account and then follow the instructions.

Link to bogus website removed

Before log in your account will be Confirmed, let us know right away.

  1. Reporting it is important because it helps us prevent fraudsters from stealing your
  2. information.

Yours sincerely, apple .

Thanks,
The Apple Team

Please do not reply to this email. It was sent from an email address that cannot accept

incoming messages.

Apple Phishing Scam Email

 

Detailed Analysis

This phishing scam message, which is disguised as a genuine Apple support email, informs recipients that they must click a link to confirm their Apple account and regain account access.

The email was not sent by Apple as claimed and is simply a criminal ruse designed to trick Apple account holders into divulging account details and other personal information.

Those who fall for the ruse and click the link as instructed will be taken to a bogus website and asked to login with their Apple account credentials:

Apple Phishing Scam Email 1

Next, they will be taken to a new page that asks them to verify payment details by supplying credit card information:

Apple Phishing Scam Email 2

They are then taken to another fake page that requests a large amount of personal information:

Apple Phishing Scam Email 3

Finally, they are taken to a page that claims that they have successfully confirmed their account. Clicking the “Continue and Sign Out” button redirects victims to the genuine Apple website:
Apple Phishing Scam Email 4

All information submitted via the fake website can be harvested by criminals and used to hijack real Apple accounts, commit credit card fraud, and steal identities.
Apple, like many other high-profile online entities, is regularly targeted by phishing scammers. Be wary of any unsolicited email purporting to be from Apple that claims that you must update account details by clicking a link or opening an attachment.

Always login to your Apple account by entering the web address into your browser’s address bar or via a genuine Apple application such as iTunes.

Apple has published information about phishing scams and how to report them on its website.

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