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Watch out for these convincing App Store subscription phishing emails

While this isn't a new type of phishing attempt, it seems to have picked up quite a bit of momentum in recent weeks.

Essentially, the email poses as an official message from the Apple Store with information about a new monthly subscription.

Of course, if you want to cancel your subscription, you'd click on the link in the e-mail that says "Cancel Subscription".

The email seen here depicts a YouTube Red subscription with a 1-month free trial and subsequent $144.99 per month renewal rate.

Additionally, Apple said that emails from the company will never request information like - Social Security Number, Mother's maiden name, Full credit card number, and/ or Credit card CCV code. Instead it takes users to another site where they will need to "confirm" their credit card details, which is how the hackers will be able to steal your information.

One common way to spot whether an email is legitimate or not is to check the sender's address.

There might not be too many people still clinging on to the original Apple TV, but there are definitely those who still use systems that might be running something as old as Windows XP.

Following the latest swathe of scam emails, Apple has updated its own advice.

Elsewhere, if you didn't initiate the correspondence - by ordering a subscription to YouTube Red, for example - it might be worth reaching out to Apple. It has provided several things that you can check, and it is different from Apple's previous post on virus and phishing protection.

Apple explains that they are making the changes as part of their security measures, perhaps to ensure that only the latest version of iTunes, the one that the company is now updating, can make purchases from the iTunes Store. Others might look like a receipt for a purchase in the App Store, iTunes Store, iBooks Store or for Apple Music, that you're certain you didn't make. Along with the first Apple TV, the company is also phasing out iTunes Store support for Windows XP and Vista by May 25, 2018. After the changes, you'll only be able to access the iTunes Store on Apple TV (2nd generation) or later.



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