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‘We’ve Received Your Payment’ Apple Phishing Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Yet another phishing scam is targeting Apple users. This version falsely claims that your Apple account was used to make a purchase on the App store from a location in Brazil. 

The email claims that, if you did not make such a purchase, you should open an attached file and follow the instructions to cancel the order.

The attachment contains a fake Apple invoice complete with Apple logo and formatting.

If you click the “Dispute Transaction” button in the document, you will be taken to a fraudulent web page that has been made to look like the genuine Apple website.

Once on the fake page, you will be asked to log in with your Apple ID and password. Next, you will be taken to a bogus refund form which asks for you credit card numbers, your name and contact details, and other identifying information

After clicking the “submit” button on the fake form, you may see a message claiming that you have successfully reversed the transaction.

But, now, online criminals can use the information you supplied to hijack your Apple account, commit credit card fraud, and steal your identity.

Apple invoice phishing scams like this are very common.  If you receive what looks like an Apple notification for a purchase that you know nothing about, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains.  It is always safest to log in to your online accounts by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted app.

An article on the Apple website explains how to recognise and report such scam attempts. 

The scam email:

Subject: [Notification] – We’ve received your payment

[ApplePay] – iTunes was used to purchase in App Store on Macbook Pro 13

Date and Time : June 5, 2017 7:02 PM GMT
Transaction ID : 9SA57818XL053022U
Order ID : 96782658
Operating System : OS X 10.12.4
Browser : Safari
Location : Erechim – RS, Brazil

If the information above looks familiar, you can ignore this email.

If you have not recently purchasing an Apps or In-Apps item(s) in a MacBook Pro 13″ with your Apple lD, please read our attached document and follow the instruction to cancel this transaction.

Apple Account Department

Copyright @ 2017 Apple Inc. 2211 N 1st St, San Jose, CA 95131, United States. All right reserved.

The attachment:

Received Payment Apple Phishing Scam

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,