According to this email, which claims to be from Apple Support, your Apple ID has been disabled and you will need to click a link to unlock your account.
The email rather confusingly claims that the ban was “because of Apple’s violated policies terms and conditions”. It lists several reasons explaining what might be wrong regarding your account and explains that you will be locked out until you click to verify your Apple ID.
However, the email is not from Apple and the claim that your Apple ID has been disabled is untrue. Instead, the email is a phishing scam designed to steal your Apple ID, your credit card details, and other sensitive personal information.
If you click the link in the email, you will be taken to a fraudulent website that closely resembles the genuine Apple ID login page.
After logging in on the fake site, you will be taken to a page with a bogus verification form that you supposedly need to complete to unlock your Apple ID. The form asks for your name and contact details, your credit card numbers, and other identifying information.
After submitting the bogus form, you may see a final message confirming that you have successfully unlocked your Apple ID.
Meanwhile, criminals can collect the information you supplied and use it to hijack your Apple account, commit credit card fraud, and possibly even steal your identity as well.
Apple account phishing scams like this are very common. Be wary of any message that purports to be from Apple and claims that you must click a link or open an attached file to deal with a supposed account problem.
It is always safest to access your online accounts either via a trusted app or by entering the address into your browser’s address bar. The Apple website includes information explaining how to recognize and report such Apple ID phishing scams.
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!