Customers receive a fake iTunes receipt, then try to get you to click on a link where they will demand your credit card info. Please don’t click on any links in the email as its part of an iTunes Netflix Scam that has been circulating for a couple of years.
I just received one of these in my e-mail inbox today. Here’s what it looks like:
Now it looks like a legitimate e-mail. But if you get one of these, Don’t Click on Anything!
The e-mail scam targets Apple users through a fake iTunes or App Store receipt, according to Business Insider. In typical phishing fashion, the emails look just like an Apple iTunes email, so it’s easy to be fooled, and list invoices for movie purchases or Netflix subscriptions. There’s a one-line warning that states, “If you did not make this purchase, we recommend that you go to Cancel and Refund Transaction,” which is where the real trap is.
If you click the link, it takes you to a site that looks just like an Apple website, and asks for your account details and credit card info in order to issue your “refund.” Apple said in a statement on its website, “The iTunes Store will never ask you to provide personal information or sensitive account information (such as passwords or credit card numbers) via email.”
It might seem like an obvious tip-off (why would you be buying a Netflix subscription from the iTunes Store?), but if you use Apple TV, you might have purchased one from the App Store. If you get this email, do not click the link. Just delete the email instead.
My “fake” receipt is for a 3-month subscription to Netflix for $97.99, and it says the payment is by E-payment – just vague enough for you to ask yourself the question, even after you think the e-mail is a scam, as to whether they really have hacked into one of you accounts, maybe Paypal or your bank or credit card.
Here are a couple of videos warning about this same type of scam:
Here’s a scam that’s slightly different, but worth showing in case you get one of these for a purchase of a song: