4 iTunes Gift Card Scam
Not all Apple-related scammers pretend to be employees. Other scams, like a recent string of gift card fraud, simply ask for payment via iTunes gift cards. Still, these are related to Apple’s platforms, and it’s worth taking note of them.
The scams can vary in form, but they all follow a familiar pattern. Typically, one will receive a phone call from a scammer that instills a sense of panic. They can claim to be debt collectors, bail bond companies, or even the Internal Revenue Service coming for tax funds.
No matter who they pretend to be, these fraudsters will demand that a user buy an iTunes gift card, or other gift cards from another store, to use as “payment” for whatever debt they claim to be owed. They then ask the victim to provide them with the 16-digit gift card code over the phone.
This may go without saying, but the IRS and similar official organizations have no reason to only accept gift cards as payment.
If you receive any sort of phone call mentioning gift card payments, ignore them and report the fraudsters to the local authorities or even the federal government.