The victim of the fraud will receive an urgent call that payment for a debt etc. must be made immediately and that payment must be made using iTune Gift Cards. After the cards have been purchased, the victim pays the "outstanding debt" by sharing the 16-digit code on the back of the card with the fraudster via phone, email or text message.
iTunes Gift Cards can be used ONLY to purchase goods and services on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or for an Apple Music membership. If you are asked to use iTunes Gift Cards for paying for something other than on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store or Apple Music membership you are very likely being targeted by someone who is running a scam.
Tips to avoid becoming a victim of a scam an iTune Gift Card Scam - from Apple website:
- If you are NOT purchasing an item from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or an Apple Music membership, do NOT make a payment with iTunes Gift Cards. There's no other instance in which you'll be asked to make a payment with an iTunes Gift Card.
- Do not provide the numbers on the back of the card to someone you do not know.
If you have additional questions regarding the iTunes Gift Card Scam or if you have been a victim of a scam involving iTunes Gift Cards, you can call Apple at 800-275-2273 (U.S.) or contact Apple Support online.
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