Your McAfee Subscription has Expired Scam

McAfee users, the fake "Your McAfee Subscription has Expired" message below is a phishing scam. The scam has been created by cybercriminals to trick online users into visiting a fake McAfee website. The fake website will ask visitors to submit their personal and credit card information in order to renew their subscriptions. But, if the requested information is submitted, it will be sent the cybercriminals behind the scam. Once the cybercriminals have the stolen information, they will use it fraudulently.

Your McAfee Subscription has Expired Scam

Here is the fake "Your McAfee Subscription has Expired" message that popups while browsing the internet or using a mobile app.

The "Your McAfee Subscription has Expired" Scam


Your McAfee Subscription has Expired

Your McAfee subscription has expired on 24 June 2018

Do not leave your PC unprotected against the latest threats. Renew your subscription now to stay protected.

What Should I Do?

Step 1: Click the button below to download the latest version of McAfee 2018

Step 2: Run McAfee Antivirus to scan and remove all potential threats

Update Now

Online users who have already been tricked by the scam are asked to contact their banks for help. They should let their banks know that they have tricked and unknowingly used their credit card on a fake and fraudulent website.

Instead of clicking on a link on a website or in an unsolicited email, it is recommended that McAfee users renew their subscriptions using the following instructions:

How to Renew Your McAfee Subscription

  • Log in to your McAfee account.
  • At the top of your My Account page, select My Account, and then click Subscriptions.
  • Click All expired to see your expired subscriptions. Or click View active to see your subscriptions that have not yet expired.
  • Look for the subscription you want to renew and click Renew.

Get more info · Log in and get started

Check the comment section below for additional information, share what you know, or ask a question about this article by leaving a comment below. And, to quickly find answers to your questions, use our search Search engine.

Note: Some of the information in samples on this website may have been impersonated or spoofed.

Bookmark articleSave

Was this article helpful?


Comments, Questions, Answers, or Reviews

Comments (Total: 35)

To protect your privacy, please remove sensitive or identifiable information from your comments, questions, or reviews. We will use your IP address to display your approximate location to other users when you make a post. That location is not enough to find you.

Your post will be set as anonymous because you are not signed in. An anonymous post cannot be edited or deleted, therefore, review it carefully before posting. Sign-in.

February 22, 2022 at 7:26 AM by
Your McAfee Subscription has Expired Scam

I received this scam:

"From: _donotreply_ <>

Date: 2/18/22 6:53 AM (GMT-05:00)

Subject: 653543543_Upgrade Processed

Dear Customer,                                                                                 Order # 03983-J39

Your subscription with McAfee has been renewed today. Amount has been directly debited from your Bank Account and it will reflect in your account statement within 24-48 hours.

If you are happy with McAfee services. Don't forget to give a feedback.

Product Details:

McAfee® Total Protection

Quantity: 1

Tenure: 1 year

Renewal Amount: $279.90 (for 1 PC)

If you do not wish to renew the subscription please contact our cancellation department immediately and get back your refund @ 

Terms and Conditions:

The payment has been cleared and will appear in the accounts statement within 24-48 hours. You are receiving this notice because you are enrolled with McAfee® Total Protection & your subscription has been auto-renewed. However, if you do not wish to continue with the service or want a refund of this amount. Kindly contact our helpline number"


September 2, 2020 at 12:06 PM by
Your McAfee Subscription has Expired Scam
an anonymous user from: Royal Oak, Michigan, United States

I think that McAfee should have an email account that users can forward these scam/fraud emails to. McAfee should then do their own investigation and contact law enforcement for prosecution.

I would think that a security company would be embarrassed to have their name so blatantly misused to exploit users. If Amazon and nearly every bank can do it then McAfee should be capable of doing the same thing.

Obviously, someone has gained access to your user list and is attempting to gain personal information. I have received at least a half dozen of these fraudulent emails disguised as McAfee associates.

Do something quickly or lose even more market share to competitors.


June 29, 2020 at 10:10 AM by
Your McAfee Subscription has Expired Scam
an anonymous user from: Bainbridge, New York, United States

I keep getting a notice on my screen via a pop up window telling me that my subscription is about to expire in 5 days. I been getting this for over a year now. I let time run out and nothing happens. I get my McAffee suite via my internet provider for free so, it never expires. You should add this scam to this story as well. NEVER CLICK A LINK IN A SUSPICIOUS EMAIL!



May 22, 2020 at 6:52 PM by
Your McAfee Subscription has Expired Scam
an anonymous user from: Portland, Oregon, United States

Just rec'd...

"Reactivate your McAfee AntI - Virus Protection [05/24/2020]!Back to Messages

From: McAfee.Anti-Virus.Protection View Contact | Invite Sender | Block SenderFull Header

Sent: Fri, May 22, 2020 02:06 PM


Reactivate your McAfee AntI - Virus Protection [05/24/2020]!"


May 15, 2020 at 2:21 PM by
Your McAfee Subscription has Expired Scam
an anonymous user from: Gardiner, Maine, United States

How can I get rid of the in-coming (phishing) emails saying my subscription has expired? I don't use and never have used McAfee nor Norton.


May 11, 2020 at 5:12 PM by
Your McAfee Subscription has Expired Scam
an anonymous user from: Princeton Junction, New Jersey, United States

Hello. I Get Both McAfee and Norton Expired e-mails. I don't use Norton. Also, My AOL Home Page keeps getting "Hijacked" with the McAfee Expired Message. And won't let me do anything. Unless I click the IE icon and open a second browser. Or Three Finger Salute to Close the IE. 2 different AV software doesn't find anything.


April 26, 2020 at 9:04 AM by
Your McAfee Subscription has Expired Scam
an anonymous user from: Houston, Texas, United States

I’m receiving emails from McAfee. I don’t use McAfee. How can I stop them. I get 8 or 10 daily.


April 26, 2020 at 9:20 AM by
Your McAfee Subscription has Expired Scam

Flag them as spam.


April 23, 2020 at 8:03 AM by
Your McAfee Subscription has Expired Scam
an anonymous user from: Alden, New York, United States

Keep getting current email messages from mccaffee stating subscription will expire 4/22-4/23 but I paid through 11/01/2020?


March 25, 2020 at 5:58 PM by
Your McAfee Subscription has Expired Scam
an anonymous user from: St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

these asses took 119.00 out of my bank account in november and I still can,t get it back I did not say to take it out..I keep getting bull from them and they keep sending I need to renew...I have called and called and emailed to no avail...keep your a*s out of my account. bonnie baker your not putting spyware on any of my computors... so why take my money


Write Your Comment, Question, Answer, or Review


Online Threat Alerts Security Tips

Pay the safest way

Credit cards are the safest way to pay for online purchases because you can dispute the charges if you never get the goods or services or if the offer was misrepresented. Federal law limits your liability to $50 if someone makes unauthorized charges to your account, and most credit card issuers will remove them completely if you report the problem promptly.

Guard your personal information

In any transaction you conduct, make sure to check with your state or local consumer protection agency and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see if the seller, charity, company, or organization is credible. Be especially wary if the entity is unfamiliar to you. Always call the number found on a website’s contact information to make sure the number legitimately belongs to the entity you are dealing with.

Be careful of the information you share

Never give out your codes, passwords or personal information, unless you are sure of who you're dealing with

Know who you’re dealing with

Crooks pretending to be from companies you do business with may call or send an email, claiming they need to verify your personal information. Don’t provide your credit card or bank account number unless you are actually paying for something and know who you are sending payment to. Your social security number should not be necessary unless you are applying for credit. Be especially suspicious if someone claiming to be from a company with whom you have an account asks for information that the business already has.

Check your accounts

Regularly check your account transactions and report any suspicious or unauthorised transactions.

Don’t believe promises of easy money

If someone claims that you can earn money with little or no work, get a loan or credit card even if you have bad credit, or make money on an investment with little or no risk, it’s probably a scam. Oftentimes, offers that seem too good to be true, actually are too good to be true.

Do not open email from people you don’t know

If you are unsure whether an email you received is legitimate, try contacting the sender directly via other means. Do not click on any links in an email unless you are sure it is safe.

Think before you click

If an email or text message looks suspicious, don’t open any attachments or click on the links.

Verify urgent requests or unsolicited emails, messages or phone calls before you respond

If you receive a message or a phone call asking for immediate action and don't know the sender, it could be a phishing message.

Be careful with links and new website addresses

Malicious website addresses may appear almost identical to legitimate sites. Scammers often use a slight variation in spelling or logo to lure you. Malicious links can also come from friends whose email has unknowingly been compromised, so be careful.

Secure your personal information

Before providing any personal information, such as your date of birth, Social Security number, account numbers, and passwords, be sure the website is secure.

Stay informed on the latest cyber threats

Keep yourself up to date on current scams by visiting this website daily.

Use Strong Passwords

Strong passwords are critical to online security.

Keep your software up to date and maintain preventative software programs

Keep all of your software applications up to date on your computers and mobile devices. Install software that provides antivirus, firewall, and email filter services.

Update the operating systems on your electronic devices

Make sure your operating systems (OSs) and applications are up to date on all of your electronic devices. Older and unpatched versions of OSs and software are the target of many hacks. Read the CISA security tip on Understanding Patches and Software Updates for more information.

What if You Got Scammed?

Stop Contact With The Scammer

Hang up the phone. Do not reply to emails, messages, or letters that the scammer sends. Do not make any more payments to the scammer. Beware of additional scammers who may contact you claiming they can help you get your lost money back.

Secure Your Finances

  • Report potentially compromised bank account, credit or debit card information to your financial institution(s) immediately. They may be able to cancel or reverse fraudulent transactions.
  • Notify the three major credit bureaus. They can add a fraud alert to warn potential credit grantors that you may be a victim of identity theft. You may also want to consider placing a free security freeze on your credit report. Doing so prevents lenders and others from accessing your credit report entirely, which will prevent them from extending credit:

Check Your Computer

If your computer was accessed or otherwise affected by a scam, check to make sure that your anti-virus is up-to-date and running and that your system is free of malware and keylogging software. You may also need to seek the help of a computer repair company. Consider utilizing the Better Business Bureau’s website to find a reputable company.

Change Your Account Passwords

Update your bank, credit card, social media, and email account passwords to try to limit further unauthorized access. Make sure to choose strong passwords when changing account passwords.

Report The Scam

Reporting helps protect others. While agencies can’t always track down perpetrators of crimes against scammers, they can utilize the information gathered to record patterns of abuse which may lead to action being taken against a company or industry.

Report your issue to the following agencies based on the nature of the scam:

  • Local Law Enforcement: Consumers are encouraged to report scams to their local police department or sheriff’s office, especially if you lost money or property or had your identity compromised.
  • Federal Trade Commission: Contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or use the Online Complaint Assistant to report various types of fraud, including counterfeit checks, lottery or sweepstakes scams, and more.
  • If someone is using your personal information, like your Social Security, credit card, or bank account number, to open new accounts, make purchases, or get a tax refund, report it at This federal government site will also help you create your Identity Theft Report and a personal recovery plan based on your situation. Questions can be directed to 877-ID THEFT.

How To Recognize a Phishing Scam

Scammers use email or text messages to try to steal your passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers. If they get that information, they could get access to your email, bank, or other accounts. Or they could sell your information to other scammers. Scammers launch thousands of phishing attacks like these every day — and they’re often successful.

Scammers often update their tactics to keep up with the latest news or trends, but here are some common tactics used in phishing emails or text messages:

Phishing emails and text messages often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. You might get an unexpected email or text message that looks like it’s from a company you know or trust, like a bank or a credit card or utility company. Or maybe it’s from an online payment website or app. The message could be from a scammer, who might

  • say they’ve noticed some suspicious activity or log-in attempts — they haven’t
  • claim there’s a problem with your account or your payment information — there isn’t
  • say you need to confirm some personal or financial information — you don’t
  • include an invoice you don’t recognize — it’s fake
  • want you to click on a link to make a payment — but the link has malware
  • say you’re eligible to register for a government refund — it’s a scam
  • offer a coupon for free stuff — it’s not real

About Online Threat Alerts (OTA)

Online Threat Alerts or OTA is an anti-cybercrime community that started in 2012. OTA alerts the public to cyber crimes and other web threats.

By alerting the public, we have prevented a lot of online users from getting scammed or becoming victims of cybercrimes.

With the ever-increasing number of people going online, it important to have a community like OTA that continuously alerts or protects those same people from cyber-criminals, scammers and hackers, who are every day finding new ways of carrying out their malicious activities.

Online users can help by reporting suspicious or malicious messages or websites to OTA. And, if they want to determine if a message or website is a threat or scam, they can use OTA's search engine to search for the website or parts of the message for information.

Help maintain Online Threat Alerts (OTA).

Your McAfee Subscription has Expired Scam