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One thing we know about scammers — they want money, and they want it fast. That’s why, whatever the con they’re running, they usually ask people to pay a certain way. They want to make it easy for themselves to get the money — and nearly impossible for you to get it back.

Their latest method? iTunes gift cards. To convince you to pay, they might pretend to be with the IRS and say you’ll be arrested if you don’t pay back taxes right now. Or pose as a family member or online love interest who needs your help fast. But as soon as you put money on a card and share the code with them, the money’s gone for good.

If you’re not shopping at the iTunes store, you shouldn’t be paying with an iTunes gift card. Other payment methods scammers might ask for include Amazon gift cards, PayPal, reloadable cards like MoneyPak, Reloadit, or Vanilla, or by wiring money through services like Western Union or MoneyGram. Government offices won’t require you to use these payment methods.

If you get targeted by a scam like this, report it to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

Want to know more about avoiding scams? Read 10 Ways to Avoid Fraud

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This sounds like a scam. He wants you to spend money, and he says things that don't make sense. He can't use an iTunes card to upgrade a phone. US soldiers get uniforms and clothing - why is this guy asking you to send t-shirts? You said something feels off: trust your feelings and don't send money or iTunes cards.

Don't tell him your credit card or bank account number. Some scammers ask people to transfer money, or cash checks for them. If you get mixed up in that, you could lose money and personal information, and get into legal trouble.

I believe same guy is talking with me. Says he’s fighting in Syria, he’s with MPC, keeps wanting iTunes cards (lots of them), wanted me to be his wife, had a 13 year old daughter, that he’s widowed wife died of cancer, has a 5 bedroom house, has 2 luxurious cars, keeps saying he has to go out fighting then will be back. That he would teach me how to shoot to protect me & his daughter when he’s gone. That he lives in Chicago. And that when he comes back to states, he will come get me. Too many red flags, but didn’t see them until spent money on a few cards. He tells you anything you want to hear, charmer, sweet talker, ...too good to be true. Right?!

Who is this guy? what is his name? He sounds very familiar to one that I am talking with at the moment. The person I'm talking to goes by Joe Christopher, has a daughter who is in a boarding school and a son that is living with a nanny. He claims to have a five bedroom house in Chicago and multiple cars one of which is a Cadillac. He is not in the states, he claims to be on an oil rig and that he will be coming home soon to be with me. He has asked me for Amazon gift cards to buy internet service to his phone because he says that they are not allowed to phones there which I immediately saw red flags

Hi I’ve been going through the same situation this lady says she loves me amd
Even sent me 80 dollars of food the other night just to show me she is serious about this relationship Than today she says that her
Little girl is having a birthday and
It would be cool if her new
Daddy sent her something special go get her a iTunes gift card I say no I’ll fly out and
Spend the weekend with the two of you she
Says no she will be out here in March but send her the card so
That the little girl has something to do on the trip out even sends me pictures I say I’m not comfortable doing that haven’t heard back yet but why does online dating that cost me money have to be like this it’s hard enough without the scammers to find someone who is on the level

Is this womans name amelie george and is she 30 years old from Charlotte north carolina. Is she asking for a steam card or iPhone gift card for her camera on her phone

What was his name?

His name is Carder Clarence

Do you have a photo of Carder Clarence??

Hi sounds like the same guy I'm chatting with on hangouts ...he needs I tune cards to up grade his phone for we can chatt ...I have bought I tunes card for him ..but he does not text me much after that...he is in Lagos nigeria..he said hes working now to get his flight ticket for he can return home to his kids...he from Florida..west palm beach he said..when he calls me he sounds like his phone is plugged into another devic... I hear clicking in the back ground hes says oh no its nothing... he gets mad very very easy when you tell him no he goes in a fit of rage and starts cussing me.....please if you dont mind could you tell me his name.

Hi
I am experiencing the same at the moment pretty much similar situation but mine he says hes a seaman working in Company oil after few days of chatin i was able to tell about my self including my personal stories etc and shared some photos of my house and after he gets to know everything hes acting like a bull now he is asking $100 iTunes card -at first I have really no idea what is it though I know what is iTunes but I discovered it in google cause he told me to search it then I found out this web here and I was shocked-now i am pretending to be NAIVE still communicating with him lol but I will do something to get him .His name Tyler Clements with the profile picture carrying his baby I have meet him on TAGGED just latstweek.

His name is Robert Matthew

I have been reading the comments I'm goin through the same thing but this guys name is david williams and meet on Instagram and now he is demanding a iTunes card for his phone to have data and today it was he needs an amazon card cause he locked it up but our stories sound so familiar

OMG, unbelievable. The guy reached me name David Williams. Is it the same person? God knows. That guy took many pictures of a western man and told me that’s him.

I wonder if this is same guy trying to scam me. Can we post a picture of him?

This may be the same guy that’s contacting me is it possible to share pictures of this David William to see if he the same guy?

Dose his name happen to be Chauncey hannedyer?? I believe i might be the next

What did his picture look like?
I gave a similar person currently messaging me. Well built, military short hair style. Claims to be German but looks like a “in the movies, stereotypical ‘Russian’”.
Says he’s on assignment over in another country. Saying he needs $50 iTunes card to keep his internet service up so we can continue to communicate/message each other.....sigh....so frustrating

Wow mine say something that need either steam card or Amazon to stay online to chat with me

I just talked to a guy who claimed to be German, living in Oregon, Russian type and sounded Russian on voice note. He appears as Bradscott_23. Met on Instagram, He told me a story about wanting to get to know me, etc and asked for the iTunes cards. Of course I blocked him right away!! Don’t believe this scammer!

This sounds Very much like the one that’s currently trying to scam me at the moment

Hi what if you had sent him photos can he. Say that there being in the public for prostitution or he can sell them ? He's from the army the guy i spoke too as well. I just wanna know what to do? He ask for a 100 itunes card tonight from me. His name is Bryan wills 37 years old .

I think we talked to the same guy he was from New York in the same place had son to he actually showed me a pic we talked for awhile then he asked for money then iTunes card I refused the next morning I tried to txt him and he completely disappeared no sign of him becareful

That sounds like the guy I'm talking to now he said his parents died when he was 7 in a car crash and he asked me to get him gift card for his 8 year old son he said he was in the military and he lives in New York

Hello lulu what is the name of that guy can you please tell me.and do you have a picture of him .

Can you tell me the name of this guy. I think my friend and you are talking to the same person

I am going through the same thing, today it was a video card. This guy is saying he is on a contract at sea, needs Apple Card to communicate to people in the states

I have pictures I’d love to compare still kind of haggling so don’t want to put too much here you know. Ugh so unbelievable

I have fake photos of my scammer too,,,and I will post them to warn other women not to believe the man in the photos are talking to you.

Do you know what his name was it sound Familiar to the same thing his from Florida his was look for love that his fall in love with me his the only child of his parents kill in car accidents and his son 6 year old his tell me all this sweet thing do have picture of him

Hey Leah
This sounds similar to a guy who was talking to me. He’s in the military all his family is dead and he’s an only child. He needs a iTunes card to activate his phone so we can talk and he has no one to help him. Do you have pictures?

Same here.. military man needs a card to update his laptop bit he has money in oil reserves and will be out in 3 months

I have a friend that has a man that said he is in the military and needs itune cards to make phone calls. He says all kinds of things to her about how when he gets home he will have all this money and they can get married but she won't believe me that he is scamming her and she continues to buy these men Amazon and itune cards and I can't talk her out if it she believes them over me and I don't know what to do. Someone please help

I start talk to someone around Jan this year his told me somethings that his come take me my daugther out here when come back from state and write this love letter I even talk on fb call

Prob too late, but tell your friend to tell him I tunes cards don't work for phone calls. See what he says then.

I was scammed by this guy. He showed me lots of pictures of his house and cars. We talked a few months and I was gullible enough to trust him with my credit card online account. He deposited 7,000 on my account and ask for iTunes cards. I sent him 3500 in cards. Needless to say the deposit he made was cancelled and invalid. I'm out 3500 and feel terrible.

I got very close to being scammed with the itunes scam, but when i thought about it i was like well wait a minute, does all of this make sense. I met a guy online and he claimed to give me 1500 a month, then today he goes "oh i did tell you you have to use itunes. I was like uhh no that is a scam and needless to say he didnt know i knew my reseach by having a friend that works for apple and knows everything about the company and products.

This guy just scammed my co- worker. He used the name Brian Brochu. He sent her love poems. Her credit card showed that he made a payment so she sent itune card. Then payment was invalid.

Would the name be Gray Moore. Has daughter in boarding school. Is on an oil platform in the ocean

Can you tell me how he looks? Someone contacted me by Instagram telling me that he is a Marine Engineer and that he is on an oil platform in Ireland. He lives in Washington, State and has a 19-year-old daughter

I've been communicating with a guy named David Andre. He says he was born in US; raised in S. Africa. Has a 15 yr old daughter. An engineer on oil rig in Germany. Was recently robbed and stabbed in Ireland during layover on flight to US. Was out sightseeing during layover. Because he was robbed; he has no money and need money to cover medical expenses. Sends me romantic messages every morning and communicate throughout the day. African American, 6ft with beard and mustache. Is this the same guy?

Sounds like the same guy except he said his name is Jordan Israel from Baltimore Maryland.

Oh my gosh did Jordan have a young son? Lost his parents raised by Father something? Fell in love instantly was way into church gorgeous man tattoos everywhere feel like it OX? I have pictures on my gosh I wish that this was a live chat

Does he call you every evening? Played a piano in church? Mom had to move; she now lives with his Aunt.

That names sounds like someone I am talking to except its Andre David. He says he is 6'1, African American, and mustache in the Army. Says he is stationed in South Korea but from Texas.

The guy contacting me has his daughter aged 17 yrs old email me calling me mom. He is supposedly on a job in charge if guys working on an oil rig. He wants me to send him a $100 gift card from ITunes. I haven’t sent anything and do not want to send any monies.

I wasn’t trying to meet anyone romantic online. How can I stop the communication without deleting my email account or should I just create a new account. So tired of people creating fake accounts on Instagram!

This guy has white/gray hair with short beard. One picture he has his daughter behind him on a motorcycle and the email of his daughter had her at her current age. Both individuals are white. The guy wears black rimmed eyeglasses.

Could this guy be a real person and his daughter? It is sad a person can’t just have friends on Instagram without being asked for monies. Understand that is how people are in today’s world, but it makes me want to delete all of my accounts.

The guy was talking about us moving to FL and me leaving my own family behind, but having his daughter live with us. He said he wasn’t raised to take care of someone elses’ Kids.

I've been chatting with a guy who was from NY. Grandson in boarding school and got a contract on oil rig in north sea. So many bells went off and i felt sorry for him. Until today when he said he needed itune card to communicate. My hangout account was not my real email account. I never trusted him enough.

Omg...what was his name?

I think I just talked to this guy...same MO...daughter in boarding school...in Fl and is a marine engineer...wanted me to marry him after talking to him for 1 day because I was the perfect woman....send pictures of himself and looked very charming...then today he asked me for money for his business. I read him the riot act and told him what I thought of his attempt to scam me and told him he was scum..I was actually waiting to see how long it would take him to try and scam me..he tried to explain but I indeed cancelled the Hangout app because that's all that is on there...I had read some of these because another one who claimed to be a doctor in the UK wanted ITunes cards to get more data...told him no and have deleted the app and all the scammers...

Amanda, I’m pretty certain that you and I are talking to the very same man! He is using the name Maurice Davis, and has a 12 year old daughter named Debbie that is in a boarding school in Los Angeles, California, because he is working in the Mediterranean sea on an oil rig......... Wow..... What names is he giving you?

please gime some info on this ?? i am about to go with some guy he want to make me a deposit he said he need steam card and i tunes card and that he will make me a deposit

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