Phishers send fake invoices

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We’ve recently heard that scammers are recycling an old phishing attempt. In this version, scammers, posing as a well-known tech company, email a phony invoice showing that you’ve recently bought music or apps from them. The email tells you to click on a link if you did not authorize the purchase. Stop – do not click on the link. That’s the new twist on an old scam.

More precisely, you just experienced a phishing attempt – that is, when a scammer uses fraudulent emails or texts, or copycat websites to get you to share valuable personal information. The scammers then use that information to commit fraud or identity theft.

Scammers also use phishing emails to get access to your computer or network – then they install programs like ransomware that can lock you out of important files on your computer.

Here are some tips to help keep your information secure:

  • Be suspicious if a business, government agency, or organization asks you to click on a link that then asks for your username or password or other personal data. Instead, type in the web address for the organization or call them. The link in the email may look right, but if you click it you may go to a copycat website run by a scammer.
  • Be cautious about opening attachments. A scammer could even pretend to be a friend or family member, sending messages with malware from a spoofed account.
  • Set your security software to update automatically, and back up your files to an external hard drive or cloud storage. Back up your files regularly and use security software you trust to protect your data.


Lastly, report phishing emails and texts by forwarding them to and filing a report with the FTC.

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Oh, I get buried in these things. But (1) I know what I have and haven't ordered and (2) With any email, I take my finger off the button before I put my mouse over any link, and look at the link address at the bottom left of my screen. It rarely matches who the email claims it is.

Why don't you post example images of the emails?

On all cell phones should be some kind of device that deletes before consumers get it!

New things have to be invented for sure. These people need to be caught. There's no reason so many people's lives should be upset.

We are under attack by actors daily as is most small business. Very time-consuming stopping to double check your operation. Sadly it's a must for conducting business. Using well-known software can help. Phishing scam, privacy violations, online security compromise is our business for it a must be to prevent lost.

got my eye on this one thanks

I copy links in suspect email then paste them in a text doc to see waht they really say and if they all are the exact same link I know it’s something to not believe.

This scam is also perpetrated using an out-of-area 855 number. I did not answer the call so they left a voicemail message. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the number was not one that could be called. People need to be aware about seemingly valid phone calls.

I have recently received two e-mails purportedly from Apple which informed me I had purchased some sort of music and the click on a link if I didn't. I recognized this as a scam and sent the e-mails to Apple.

Good idea. Your attorney general should be of help in going after people, too.

I also have received those same messages , claiming to be from apple .

I too got the same email and clicked on the link to dispute it, when that link didn't work I found out that it's scammers and now I don't know what to do,can you help?

Sometimes scammers send messages that include malware, and when you click on a link it activates the malware.This FTC article about malware (malicious software) tells what to do if you start to notice problems with your computer.

One of these low-lifes hacked into my email account and sent one of these phishing invoices to everyone on my contact list.

Yes, these are old scams and they are resurfacing. Our business has received several "Invoices", we delete on receipt. Thank you for the information

Whenever I get an email or phone call that makes me curious or interested and unknown, I don't open it or answer phone. I've been scammed using my family twice and worried alot but didn't fall for it in the long run. Always check with family involved. Also report it to FTC to help others.

I have also received a text message to click on a link. (I have a free Google Voice number, so fortunately, that's a computer number.) I get phishing emails constantly. Thank you for the reminder that phishing attacks are still prevalent and create high exposures ehich can further cybercriminal activities.

Your information on watching scammers are insightful. As business adviser, I appreciate and value your inputs. Thank you for caring and having a watchful eyes, to protect small business

Home Services Calls from area code 202. Am on NO CALL LIST. Recording with the old "Press 1." Asked to be taken off their auto-dialing. Angry and abusive, nasty person "talked over me and hung up. Called them back and requested removal and told them I was on the FTC no call list and further call would be "actionable.) Received 5 calls so far. Am keeping the phone numbers date and time. How do I "prosecute" them if they continue to bombard with phone calls?

I too get alot of emails stating that my order was ready to ship or that I have purchased something that I know I haven't. I put my mouse over the address and check out who is sending this stuff before I delete it.

I have been getting emails about a payment that I made on a credit card that I don't have as well as credit card payments that are due. I am so sick of all of the scammers!

The American Medical Association sends me Renewal Invoices even though I don't belong. I've complained to the USPS Postmaster without reply.

I have been receiving many of these emails from PayPal stating that I have ordered something. They have a website for these emails. I forward everything to "spoof" set up by paypal for these emails. Lucky for me I opened them first. Found out what to do. thank you .

I’ve gotten a few emails from my best friend and my daughter (spoofed, of course) with an invoice and a link to open the supposed invoice. My friend is a teacher and my daughter has a business. Neither of them have any reason to send me an invoice. An invoice from my daughter? Really?!? I let them know they’ve been hacked. I hover over the email address and it is not their address.

Thank you for your message.

I get several emails about credit card payments being received and about credit card payments that are due. In addition, there are emails about packages being shipped. I am sick of these phishing emails!

For protection of emails. Always set up second verification for sign in purposes. The second verification should always be notification through text or an app on your phone such as google or microsoft that notifies you whenever there is activity. open a new page to company such as Apple or Amazon and contact the company. Most of these phishing scams disguise as internet companies such as Amazon, Ebay, ITunes and PAYPAL. Also beware of online accounts with department stores as well. When not sure do not respond without contacting company

Thank you for this information.

I received email from Microsoft store to download update. Not sure if this was from Microsoft but I did order an update but it was downloaded when I purchased it. The email started with, "Hi there!" And I don't think that's how Microsoft starts an email! They usually start it with your name.

I received an e mail tonight from (supposedly) L L Bean who I often order online items from. I opened the PDF file before thinking. Of course, it was a scam, but my question is, since I opened the file, am I now in danger?

This FTC article about malware (malicious software) tells how to detect and get rid of malware if you notice it on your computer.

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