iTunes Gift Cards
iTunes Gift Card Scam: How the Scam Works
Gift cards are becoming a hot commodity lately as they can be purchased fast and easy online without the need of going out of the house. Unfortunately, there are many scammers out there who take that to their advantage, even now in March 2019.
Due to iTunes’ constant growing popularity, criminals are now victimizing tens of thousands of people around the world with the “iTunes gift card” approach. There are three variations of this scam – let’s take a look:
Scenario 1: Frozen Smarthphone
Watch the video below to see the Frozen Cellphone iTunes Card scam, exposed:
Essentially, in this scam your iPhone freezes and a 1-800 Apple Support number calls you. As your Caller ID shows “Apple” on display you believe help is on the way. In reality, the person at the other end is saying that you need to purchase a bunch of iTunes cards to get your working mobile back, as you saw in the video above.
Scenario 2: Fake iTunes Websites
Criminals are using the iTunes brand name to lure people into clicking the links they post on Twitter or Facebook. Crooks are spamming their followers’ timelines offering free gift cards, along with a link, which leads to no iTunes site. It is one of the most common scams out there, not just with the iTunes brand, but many well-known ones.
Most of these links are sending the victims to porn, dating sites, survey pages – so they can make a buck out of it as affiliate sellers – or simply to pages full of malware.
Scenario 3: Bogus iTunes Gift Card Purchase
You might receive an email claiming to be from iTunes (see image above). The text will read: “You sent a iTunes Gift Card $200 to (firstname.lastname@example.org) Your receipt No.114509772”. A gift card image is presented, as well as an invoice. The trick is, in the invoice there is a link offered “to cancel”, if you don’t recognized the transaction.
Needless to say, if you click on that you are taken to a fake website where you are asked for personal information.
iTunes Gift Card Scam: How To Avoid
Always get your iTunes cards from iTunes or their official reps. Random emails sending you to questionable websites are out of the question. Another great place where you can get gift cards from (including free iTunes) is Swagbucks, the world’s largest free online rewards program. You get paid by doing things online which you might do anyway, such as searching the web, discover products, take surveys, watch videos, or play games. The company has a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. You can register for free HERE.
iTunes Gift Card Scam: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of the iTunes Gift Card Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the iTunes Customer Support or the Federal Trade Commission using the links 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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