This email, which purports to be an Apple payment notification, confirms that you have purchased a yearly subscription to Spotify Premium for $150.99.
The message includes a link that supposedly allows you to cancel or review your subscription. It is signed by “The Spotify Team”.
However, the email is not from Apple and has no connection to Spotify. And the claim that your Apple store account has been used to purchase this Spotify subscription is untrue.
Instead, the email is a phishing scam designed to steal your Apple ID, your credit card numbers, and other personal information.
The criminals responsible for this phishing attack are banking on the fact that at least a few recipients, believing that a mistake has been made or their account has been compromised, will click the “cancel” link.
If you do click the link, you will be taken to a bogus web page that closely emulates the genuine Apple website.
When you arrive on the fake page, you will be instructed to log in using your Apple ID and password. This information can later be collected by criminals and used to hijack your Apple account. They can then use the account to make fraudulent purchases, steal personal information, and send spam and scam messages in your name.
Most of these Apple “cancel order” scams will also take you to a second page and ask you to complete a refund form. The form asks for your credit card details, ostensibly as a means of verifying your identity and allowing the refund to be processed. It will also ask for your name and address details and further identifying information. When you complete the form, you may see a message indicating that you have successfully cancelled the Spotify subscription.
The criminals can harvest this information and use it to commit credit card fraud and identity theft.
Apple phishing scam messages like this one are very common. An article on the Apple website explains how to recognize and report such scam attempts.
A screenshot of the scam email:
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