How Do I Report a Phishing Email to Apple Fast And Easy?

Phishing is a fraudulent email activity where the sender plants a virus in a link in an email to steal personal data, such as login credentials, credit card details, etc. You can protect yourself from this type of cyberattack super easily if you have DoNotPay by your side.

Reporting Phishing Emails to Apple With DoNotPay

People have been receiving suspicious emails on behalf of Apple, which can have serious repercussions that go as far as having your bank account information stolen. You can use DoNotPay to stay safe. All you need to do is sign up in your web browser or download the iOS app, and follow the instructions below.

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Click on the Spam Collector option
  3. Enter your email address to connect it with DoNotPay
  4. Forward the suspicious email to spam@donotpay.com 

Once you forward the email, you will be unsubscribed automatically. What is more important is that DoNotPay notifies you if there is a class action against the sender for you to join. You will see a flag in your Spam Collector section if that’s the case. 

Class actions usually end with a class action settlement so that you can get compensation. This happens if there was anything illegal in the email—if you did not subscribe to it, there was no unsubscribe button, etc.

Can I Report Phishing Emails to Apple on My Own?

Should you choose to report phishing emails to Apple on your own, you can do it by following these instructions:

  1. Open the suspicious email from your OS X Mail inbox
  2. Complete the header with pertinent information about the email
  3. Forward it to reportphishing@apple.com
  4. Click on the Message menu
  5. Choose Forward With Attachment

If you receive spam or other suspicious emails in your Mac or iCloud inbox, you can report them by forwarding them to abuse@icloud.com.

You can receive suspicious messages in your iMessage inbox as well. Should this happen, you can send them to imessage.spam@apple.com. In this instance, you would need to block the number to protect yourself. The sender will not be notified that you blocked them, and if they send messages to you, you will not receive them. What they still can do is leave voicemails, but you will not get a notification for them.  

How Do I Identify Phishing Emails?

You need to learn how to identify suspicious emails to avoid having to go through any of the possible repercussions. Check out the table below for some of the most common red flags:

Red Flags for Suspicious Emails

Example
Sent From Unofficial Email Address

Fraudsters will use free email providers instead of official business ones (e.g. applesupport@gmail.com)

Urgent Calls to Action

They will use phrases saying your account was terminated, compromised, or that you need to take urgent action
Generic Greeting in Email Bodies

Since they send thousands of emails, they begin with “Dear Customer” or “Dear Member”

Links to Fake Websites

They leave links to fake websites in their emails (usually the sign-up page) to steal your login information. The link has the official company name in the wrong place
Fake Links Mixed With the Real Ones

They mix legitimate links to policy pages to mimic the official emails and websites 

What Is the Difference Between Phishing and Spoofing?

Spoofing and phishing are so similar that they often get confused with one another. The basic difference is that phishing is a social attack, whereas spoofing is a computer attack. This means that a phishing attacker is trying to steal your sensitive information to disguise as another legitimate person. The goal of spoofing attacks is to breach big security systems and commit identity thefts.

Check out the table below to have a clearer idea of both and find out what their differences are.

Phishing

Spoofing
A person steals personal data like bank account details

A person steals personal data for identity theft

It is not a part of a spoofing attack

It can be a part of a phishing attack
It can be done using social engineering

It can be done only by downloading malware

It is done to get confidential data

It is done to get new identities

If you receive a suspicious email that requires you to insert your account details or asks you to download something that is not familiar to you—report it. This will ensure that you don’t deal with any potential repercussions.

What Are the Issues People Have Had With Phishing Emails on Apple?

People usually don’t think that phishing or any other kind of scam can come through on Apple devices. Fraudsters try hard to reach as many inboxes as they can, so do not trust all websites you come across. You can even receive scam emails supposedly from Apple and not even be their user.

One Reddit user started getting phishing emails and messages and reported it on their own. The messages did not stop coming, though, because the sender kept changing their contact information. The Reddit community suggested using email filters to put an end to the messages.

Another Reddit user received a phishing email on an Apple device and clicked on the link provided there. It took them to a page where they were requested to insert their Apple ID. They managed to avoid a phishing attack by refusing to cooperate.

How Can DoNotPay Help Me With Other Email Issues?

If you have issues with spam emails, DoNotPay can help you out. There are many fraudsters online, and it is important to keep up with what you can do about it. DoNotPay’s features can help you with other email troubles as well, such as: 

DoNotPay has features that can also help you stop and report spam emails. If you are not an iOS user, DoNotPay can help you with blocking emails on Android devices as well.

What Can DoNotPay Do About My Physical Mailbox?

DoNotPay has developed a feature that helps you keep your physical mailbox tidy, just like the electronic one. It takes only a few steps to take charge of your mailbox. Follow the instructions below to get the most out of the DoNotMail feature:

  1. Log in to your DoNotPay account using your web browser or by downloading the iOS app
  2. Select the DoNotMail feature
  3. Click on the Enroll Now button

What Else Can DoNotPay Do for Me?

DoNotPay can help with a lot of daily hassles. If you have other issues, such as canceling Apple News+ or stopping fake Apple Inc robocalls, DoNotPay can assist you. It can also help you with paying your bills and disputing parking tickets in New York and other cities across the U.S.!

You can access it from your web browser or the iOS app. DoNotPay can also help you: