This supposed invoice email, which purports to be from Apple, thanks you for purchasing a MacBook laptop computer. The email, which uses the Apple logo and colour scheme, includes images of the laptop along with details of the order.
Here is what the scam email looks like:
However, the email is not from Apple and no such purchase was made via your account. Instead, the email is a phishing scam designed to steal your personal and financial information.
The criminals who sent these scam emails hope that at least a few recipients will be fooled into clicking the payment cancellation link.
If you do click the link you will be taken to a fraudulent website that has been built to emulate Apple’s genuine website. Once on the fake site, you will be asked to sign in with your Apple ID.
After you have signed in, you will see a message claiming that your Apple ID has been suspended due to suspicious activity.
If you then click the “Verification Account” button, the following Account Verification form will load in your browser:
After completing and submitting the form, you may be redirected to the real Apple website.
But, now, the criminals can collect all of the information you supplied and use it to hijack your Apple account, conduct fraudulent transactions with your credit card, and, possibly, steal your identity.
Criminals regularly target Apple users via scam emails like the one above. Be wary of any email that claims to be from Apple and urges you to click a link to cancel a payment, avoid an account suspension, verify your information, or fix a supposed problem with your account.
If such an email hits your inbox, do not click any links or open any attachments that it contains. It is always safest to access your online accounts by entering the address into your browser’s address bar or via a trusted app.
The Apple support website includes information about identifying and reporting scam emails.
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!