Apple users, be aware of fake emails like the one below, which claim that the recipients' Apple accounts will be rejected. The fake emails are being sent by cybercriminals to steal their potential victims’ Apple account credentials. The fake emails have links in them that go to a phishing Apple website which steal 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.
Sample of the "Apple Your Account will be Rejected" Scam
From: iTunes Support <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: February 9, 2018 at 8:58:18 AM PST
Subject: #Case 50622881403389653167 iTunes Order Verification Request
Your account will be rejected because we've noticed significant changes ln your account activity. As your payment processor, we need to understand these changes better.
This account rejected will affect your ability to:
Buy App in AppStore
Also, you won't be able to:
Login to your iCloud and iTunes
Remove credit cards
Close your account
What to do next :
Download the attachment invoice files
Open it and verify that it is a transaction you made
If not the transaction you did follow the step in the pdf file
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, 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.