The email message below, which claims the recipients' Apple ID has expired, or access to their accounts has been disabled, is another attempt by cybercriminals to steal their potential victims’ Apple account credentials. The fake email has links in it that go to the phishing Apple website that steals account usernames and password. The phishing website steals account credentials by asking visitors to sign-in with their Apple account usernames and passwords. Now, any attempt to sign into the fake or phishing website will result in the visitors’ Apple account credentials being sent to the cybercriminals responsible for the scam. Once the cyber crooks have gotten possession of the stolen account credentials, they will use it to hijack their victims’ Apple accounts and use the same accounts fraudulently.
The "Your Apple ID has Expired" Phishing Scam
From: Notfication <Notfication@account.net>
Subject: We Have Disabled Your Account Access
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:41:49 -0400
AppIe ID (#email#)
Please be aware that your AppIe ID expire in less than 48h. You've placed your AppIe ID under the risk of termination by not keeping your information up to date.
go to your AppIe ID and verify your information as soon as soon possible.
Sign in using your AppIe ID to start the process, Verify Now.
AppIe will require you to sign in by following the link in a verification email and update your information.
This is to help protect your identity and keep your account secure.
Apple users should never click on a link in an email message to sign into their accounts. They should instead, go directly to https://appleid.apple.com/ and sign-in from there. If there is something wrong with their accounts or there is something that they need to do, they will be alerted after signing in. Users who were tricked by the phishing scam, are asked to change their Apple account passwords immediately before their accounts are hijacked and used fraudulently. For those users who are unable to change their passwords, are asked to contact Apple Technical Support for help.