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BBB warning: Scammers asking for payment with iTunes gift cards

August 30, 2016 11:28 AM

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Upstate New York is warning the public about scammers asking for iTunes gift cards as a method of payment. 

The BBB says the trend began to appear in reports to BBB’s Scam Tracker system late last year. So far, there have been 200 reports nationwide of scammers asking people for iTunes gift cards.

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Two recent reports to the BBB came from victims of the “grandparents scam.” According to the BBB, the scammer called the victims saying they are the grandchild/lawyer for the grandchild and ask for either bail money or lawyer’s fees. The scammer demands the person pay them with an iTunes gift card instead of a traditional method.

To avoid getting scammed, BBB of Upstate New York offers the following tips: 

  • Never pay with an iTunes gift card. If you are not shopping at the iTunes store, you should not be paying with an iTunes gift card. Do not pay with any gift cards, including Amazon gift cards, or re-loadable cards. Scammers may even ask you to pay through PayPal.
     
  • Call Apple Support. Apple states on its website: “iTunes Gift Cards are solely for the purchase of goods and services on the iTunes Store and App Store. Should you receive a request for payment using iTunes Gift Cards outside of iTunes and the App Store please report it at ftccomplaintassistant.gov.” If you think you may be a victim of this type of scam, call Apple Support right away and explain what happened. They may be able to disable the card. Also, consider going back to the store that sold you the iTunes gift card and talk with their customer service staff.
     
  • Never wire money. We know scammers like you to “wire the money” to them, including wire transfer through services like Western Union or MoneyGram. Government offices do not require you to wire transfer money as a method of payment.
     
  • Report it. If you are the target of a scam like this, you can file a complaint with the FTC or report it to BBB Scam Tracker.

The BBB says government agencies, financial institutions and reputable retailers (unless it is iTunes) will not accept iTunes gift cards as a form of currency. 

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