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Question: Scam receipt for purchase not made

I received an email that I purchased a $30.75 subscription to be billed monthly. I didn't purchase, and it says I have to cancel by April 16 to not be charged again. I don't see the charges yet on my credit card or in my iTunes account. When you click on the link to dispute it looks legitimate. I hope I don't get charged down the road....

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Identifying legitimate emails from the iTunes Store - http://support.apple.com/HT201679 - lacking in specifics, the next link is better:


Avoid phishing emails, fake 'virus' alerts, phony support calls, and other scams - https://support.apple.com/HT204759


Forward attempts as an attachment (in MacOS Mail use the paperclip icon) to: reportphishing@apple.com


- Apple e-mails address you by your real name, not something like "Dear Customer" , "Dear Client" or an e-mail address.

- Apple e-mails originate from @apple.com or @itunes.com but I think it is possible to spoof a sender address

- Mouse over links to see if they direct to real Apple web sites. Do not click on them as this just tells the spammer they have a working e-mail address in their database.

- Phishing emails may include account suspension or similar threats in order to panic you into clicking on a link without thinking. They may report a fake purchase in order to infuriate you into rashly clicking on a false link to report a problem. Mar 2018 post by Niel https://discussions.apple.com/message/33129140#message33129140 - "Emails saying that your Apple ID has been locked or disabled are always phishing. If one actually gets disabled, its owner will be told when they try logging into it instead of through email."

- Apple will not ask for personal information in an e-mail and never for your social security number anywhere.


Since it is totally outside Apple's system and an imaginary purchase you will not be charged anything. They don't even know about it unless you report it.

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Mar 16, 2018 8:12 PM in response to Sbutler6 In response to Sbutler6

Identifying legitimate emails from the iTunes Store - http://support.apple.com/HT201679 - lacking in specifics, the next link is better:


Avoid phishing emails, fake 'virus' alerts, phony support calls, and other scams - https://support.apple.com/HT204759


Forward attempts as an attachment (in MacOS Mail use the paperclip icon) to: reportphishing@apple.com


- Apple e-mails address you by your real name, not something like "Dear Customer" , "Dear Client" or an e-mail address.

- Apple e-mails originate from @apple.com or @itunes.com but I think it is possible to spoof a sender address

- Mouse over links to see if they direct to real Apple web sites. Do not click on them as this just tells the spammer they have a working e-mail address in their database.

- Phishing emails may include account suspension or similar threats in order to panic you into clicking on a link without thinking. They may report a fake purchase in order to infuriate you into rashly clicking on a false link to report a problem. Mar 2018 post by Niel https://discussions.apple.com/message/33129140#message33129140 - "Emails saying that your Apple ID has been locked or disabled are always phishing. If one actually gets disabled, its owner will be told when they try logging into it instead of through email."

- Apple will not ask for personal information in an e-mail and never for your social security number anywhere.


Since it is totally outside Apple's system and an imaginary purchase you will not be charged anything. They don't even know about it unless you report it.

Mar 16, 2018 8:12 PM

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