iTunes Store Billing Scam: How It Works
(with video below) You might receive an email that seems to be coming from iTunes. The name and email addresses used are iTunes Store and email@example.com. The subject title might be “Your Receipt No 321000427500”.
In the email, your might be informed that you were billed for two movie rentals you did from iTunes. In our case was Lone Survivor (director Peter Berg) and Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass) but obviously, it could be anything from the iTunes store. The total might be astronomic for a rental – $91.98. Indeed, as in every online transaction, you are also asked if you have issues with the receipt and want to challenge the transaction.
“Issues with this transaction? If you haven’t authorized this transaction, click the link below to get a full refund. Go to the Help Centre at:…”, might say the message. The website provided might look legitimate, but it’s only a link meant to send you to a fake page asking for your credentials and personal information.
Watch the video below to see in action the iTunes Apple Purchase Billing scam, exposed:
iTunes Purchase Scam: How To Avoid
If you know you rented or purchased a movie, than you should receive the invoice. If not, ignore the message. It’s like the lottery, you can’t win if you didn’t participate. On the other hand, the fake charge in this email might be also referring to downloading apps or songs, not only for movie rentals, so beware!
iTunes Purchase Scam: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the iTunes Customer Support using the link below:
According to the iTunes Support page: “iTunes will never ask you to provide personal information or sensitive account information (such as passwords or credit card numbers) via email.
Email messages that contain attachments or links to non-Apple websites are from sources other than Apple, although they may appear to be from the iTunes Store. Most often, these attachments are malicious and should not be opened. You should never enter your Apple account information on any non-Apple website. Apple websites that require Account information have apple.com, such as http://store.apple.com, or iforgot.apple.com (with the exception being iCloud.com).
This article describes what steps you should take if you feel you’ve received one of these malicious emails or your account information has been compromised due to an attempt to take your personal information (known as phishing).
What the iTunes Store will never ask you to provide via email: Social Security Number, mother’s maiden name, full credit card number, or credit card CCV code.
“Phishers” create elaborate websites that look similar to iTunes, but their sole purpose is to collect your account information. Often, a fake email will ask you to click on a link and visit one of these phishing websites to update your account information.
In general, all account-related activities will take place in the iTunes application directly, not through a web browser. If you are asked to update your account information, make sure that you do so only in iTunes or on a legitimate page on Apple.com, such as the online Apple Store.”
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