How to Spot and Avoid the Apple App Store Phishing Scam


Phishing emails are an old trick, but scammers continue to employ them.

As you’re probably familiar with, phishing emails pretend to come from a legitimate authority, such as a bank, online retailer, or similar. But if you click through the links in the email, you’ll end up on a fake page where you’ll hand over sensitive information to thieves .

The latest popular phishing email poses as a receipt from the Apple App Store. Here’s what you should know about it and how to stay safe.

The New Apple App Store Phishing Scam

This Apple App Store Phishing Scam involves “Apple” sending you a “receipt” for a subscription purchase you never made from the App Store.

The email lets you know that you have a one-month free trial, and will be charged when it ends. Some have received a “receipt” for YouTube Red; others have gotten one for Sleep Cycle Premium.

Apple App Store Phishing Scam

The claimed subscription price is astronomical, with YouTube Red supposedly costing $145 per month. This will lead unsuspecting users to click the Cancel Subscription link, resulting in a scam page asking for their Apple ID password, credit card, or similar details.

Of course, this is bogus. Apple will never ask you for sensitive information like your credit card number or social security number over email. Plus, Apple advises that genuine receipts include your billing address, which scammers won’t have. And these subscriptions don’t cost hundreds of dollars per month, either.

If you’re ever unsure if an email like this is legitimate, don’t follow any links inside. Instead, review your App Store purchase history on your phone to see if you really bought a subscription. Should you fall for a phishing scheme like this, you should immediately change your Apple ID password on your iPhone or on the Apple ID website.

Apple asks that you forward phishing emails to [email protected] so it’s aware of them. If you ever receive any, send them over so Apple can take proper action and prevent others from falling victim to them.


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