Different ways criminals use to steal money from their victims come up all the time. This alert involving iTunes gift cards comes from the Michigan Attorney General’s office.
The iTunes scam is a demand for you to pay right away for taxes, hospital or utility bills, bail money, or to settle a debt. Scammers make up all kinds of reasons for why you owe money. The goal is the same: to steal from you.
When someone catches you off guard and hits your panic button, it’s hard to think straight. Criminals know this, and hope you will focus on the worse-case scenario they are painting and not on your common sense.
Con artists ask for an untraceable form of payment. The iTunes gift card is the payment method of choice right now. A gift card is like cash. It is a quick, convenient, and untraceable. Even when victims realize they’ve been scammed, there’s usually no way to reverse the transaction or return the funds.
Don’t pay anyone with a gift card. If you’re not shopping at the iTunes store, you should not be paying with an iTunes gift card. Never give the numbers on the back of your iTunes gift card to someone you do not know. If anyone asks you to pay with an iTunes gift card, report them to Apple 800-275-2273, or contact Apple Support online, and the Federal Trade Commission Complaint Assistant.
To report a scam, file a complaint, or for additional information, contact the Michigan Department of Attorney General: Consumer Protection Division P.O. Box 30213 Lansing, MI 48909 or call 517-373-1140, fax: 517-241-3771, toll free: 877-765-8388.