iTunes Billing Scam

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 protected]. 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.

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“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 Apple Purchase Scam Video


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:

Report To iTunes Support Here

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, such as, or (with the exception being

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, such as the online Apple Store.”

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4 thoughts on “iTunes Billing Scam”

  1. I just recieved a call saying 199 dollars will be taken out of my account i have never sighned up for any i phone account so please let me know if this is a real call or scam

  2. I believe I have been targeted. I received an email saying that I had bought something and was told to click the link if I did not authorise. and this was to cancel the product. [email protected] ([email protected]) I clicked on this and was taken to a site and asked for my bank details. On your bike mate, I have never used I tunes nor downloaded anything. SO FOLKS BEWARE, KEEP THOSE DETAILS TO YOUR SELF……

  3. Hi I received an email this morning billing me for 2 grand theft auto games @ £79.99.
    Of course I went straight to the "click here of you did not authorise this transaction" link but got a bit suspicious when it asked me to provide all my personal and card details!!(I’ve been scammed before so I am wary!!)
    Also on the form none of the link bars at the top of page or any tabs away from the form itself were working!!

  4. I had a invoice from I tunes saying I was billed of £20.99 for down load . And it saying if I did not down load anything I need to fill out a claims form which I did and with hours there Nick £1,9680.80p out of my account it was a fake email

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