Your Receipt From Apple Scam
How The Receipt From Apple Scam Works:
Many fraudulent Apple emails are going around these days. They replicate major brands’ websites and claim to offer recipients the invoice of a recently purchased item. The latest scam is the Your Receipt From Apple aka the Mario Kart Tour Games scheme, which came back this week after making its rounds a couple of years ago. The terms used were “LINE 3300” and “Game of Gongs monthly coins”. If you have received any of this type of email this week, please share in the Comments section the names of the products mentioned in the ‘invoice’. How does the scam work?
Watch the video below to see in action the Your Receipt From Apple scam exposed:
It works like this. You receive an email apparently coming from Apple – see pic below – with the title subject: “[Order Received: MH6FBTX82G]: Your Receipt From Apple”.
The title could also be: “Receipt from Apple App Store”. The message informs that you purchased a new app such as the Mario Kart tour games worth $29.99 or LINE 3300 for $72.99.
Here is a screenshot of the email that started this type of scam a while back:
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Alternatively, the email presents you with an invoice of $99.99, for the purchase of the Clash Royale game from the Supercell vendor in the AppStore.
Scammers rely on the fact that the email recipients, knowing that they didn’t purchase anything, will reply by saying it was a mistake. The email provides a link to a fake transaction page, to cancel/dispute the fraudulent purchase. “If this is not your transaction, we will help the process of recovery refund and protect your account. Press the button below”.
Below is another screenshot of the fake Apple receipt that is STILL going around these days. You could change the name of the app to Mario Kart Tour Games:
The link will open a fake Apple website (see the main picture of this article), which will ask you to log in by providing your email address and password. Once you give the crooks that information, you can rest assured that your account will be hacked.
How to Avoid the Apple Receipt Scam:
Just like the other two scam emails mentioned above, this fake Apple receipt has a few red flags. In this particular case, look at the image above or the text within the email. You can see a few misspelled words or grammar mistakes. One example would be the call to action:
“If this not your transaction, we will help the process of recovery refund and protect your account. press the button below“.
Also, look at the domain name that shows up in the browser. If you look at the main picture of this article, you will see that the browser shows a fake “login-verif.cloud” domain, not apple.com.
Do not click on the link provided. The best thing to do in this case is to log into your account straight from the Apple website/account.
Last but not least, watch out for similar schemes, such as the Apple Support Scam.
How to Report the Apple Receipt Scam:
Make your family and friends aware of the Apple Invoice scam by sharing it here on social media. You can also officially report the scammers to Apple using the link below:
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