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‘Your Apple ID Was Locked’ Scam Email Targets Apple Users

by Brett M. Christensen

According to this email, which purports to be from Apple, your Apple ID was locked for security reasons.

It claims that it is “imperative to perform a verification of your account information details”. It warns that if you do not click the link to verify as instructed, your account will be permanently locked.

However, the email is not from Apple and the claim that you must follow the link to verify your account is untrue.  In fact, the email is a typical phishing scam designed to steal your Apple ID and other sensitive personal and financial information.

Clicking the link loads a fraudulent website in your browser. The fake site has been built so that it looks like it is part of the official Apple website. 
The site will first ask you to log in by entering your Apple email address and password. Then, you will be instructed to fill in an “Account Verification” form that requests your name and address details, your credit card numbers, and the security questions and answers associated with your account.

After submitting the fake verification form,  you will automatically be redirected to the genuine Apple website.

Criminals can now harvest all of the information that you supplied and use it to hijack your Apple account, commit fraudulent transactions with your credit card, and attempt to steal your identity.

Keep in mind that, if you or another person enters incorrect login details too many times, Apple may indeed lock your account for security reasons. However, you will be informed about this via a notification when you attempt to log in.

Apple will never send you a generic email demanding that you click a link to update your account information.

Apple phishing scams like this one are very common.  Information on the Apple website explains how to recognise and report such scam attempts.

A screenshot of the scam email:

Apple ID Locked Scam Email

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.

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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,