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:
Image originally published on Reddit.
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!