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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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I want to know what all steps need to be done? There has been someone scamming my mother for the past 6 months. She is disabled, they contacted her originally saying she quaified for a grant then after she sent the original amount they wanted they began threatening her, her children and grandchildren. I just found out 3 days ago while she was in surgery and they called her phone demanding the money and threatened to blow her house up. I went to the local sheriff dept made a report said there was nothing else they could do, then filed with the attorney generals office, and FBI said they won’t touch it. As of now my mother is out over $7000 $3000 in money gram which she did keep all records of $3000 in iTunes cards which she has records of and $1000 in google play cards, that not counting the $3000 they overdrafts her checking account and the $14000 worth of income turned in under her ss number in the past 3 months. So now her disablilty is being cut and I want to know what other steps I need to do.

If someone is using your mothers Social Security number to earn income, she is a victim of identity theft. Start by going to www.IdentityTheft.gov to report the theft, create an identity theft report and learn the steps to repair problems with her Social Security number.

You can help her file the report. You or your mother can also call 1-877-438-4338 to report Identity Theft to the FTC. She will get a list of steps on how to check and protect her credit records and accounts, and how to contact businesses where her information might have been misused.

The scammers may have your mother's bank account number. She can contact her bank and ask them to change the account number. She can also call the MoneyGram customer line at 1-800-926-9400; explain what happened, and tell them she has transaction records.

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I met this man through POF dating site he told me he was a military doctor and was retiring by the end of December 2018. In Kabul Afghanistan. He said he needed an iTunes card to file his retirement papers. Is that possible. I haven’t send anything yet.

there is a guy goes by the name daniel edweirdo says he is in the army at drum army base ny who is asking fir an itunes card to lead so we can video chat

He is claiming to be in the Army in Nigeria. On a secret mission. Gone for a year. Divorced with a son & daughter. Lives in Tennessee. Says he is German Mexican. Asks for itune card because his minutes almost up. Believe friend request was from Instagram. Did hangouts now on WhatsApp.

Do you still have contact with him? What is his name?

I have someone who is trying to scam me. Said she needed iphone gift card to add minutes to her phone. You can't add minutes to a phone with an iPhone card. You can only use the card for a iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or for an Apple Music membership. He/She (whoever it is) may try it on other people. Names used was Julisa_brown12 on instagram and BrendaClara. Also uses errors in English. Didn't get the iPhone card for hem. Be aware of these people. Look out for pretty faces trying to illicit sympathy from you.

Hi good day.. I want to share something.
There is this one man who sent money to me via Western Union. The money is from Germany, so he told me to buy an iTunes gift card first as a verification for them to send the last 3 digits of numbers as my MTCN to be able to get the money through western union.. Is this a scam or not?
I am hoping for your clear response. Thank you so much!

Matthew Vincent recently asked me to play a game on words with friends. Then asked me to chat on hangouts. After 2 days of chatting he needs an iTunes card so he can talk to his daughter. I didn’t get him the card. Hopefully he doesn’t get anyone’s money.

I have a guy telling me to buy either a amazon gift card or an I tunes gift card then he’ll send me money to my CashApp using the card.... is it a scam?

This person want me to buy him a 100dollars iTunes gift card for stupid itunes. He say he love me and want marry me. I thank this guy is scamming me because first he asked for a 50dollars iTunes card. And tell me to come over there where he lives. It fake prince Sebastie from Luxemboury Don't give him any money are iTunes card.

Hello I been asking to get a Amazon gift card to get into a famous music group for 50 dollars and they. Want the card info and my signature what should I do thank you

Does the name BENNETT PRINCE TAYLOR or BENNETT TAYLOR or TAYLOR BENNETT ring a bell with anyone. All of these comments reminds me of what he has done and still trying to get me to do. He supposed to be in Nigeria Africa. Wants ITUNE cards, WU, MoneyGram, now he says he sent me a package and the first cost was $150 then decided it was going to cost another $250 more so CUSTOMS can release it and the custodian will get it and deliver it to my door after I send him another$250!!! He's going to marry me when he get leave, I don't care or love him, always trying to make you feel low...and stresses you & demanding on doing stuff for him. He sent me a $5000 necklace plus $2000 I can have for me. Tried for me to give my bank acct # and charge card...BUT I DIDN'T! I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS GUY....HE HAD MY MIND & HEART WRAPPED!! At night & especially the weekend when I don't hear from him he says he been out with the patrol team. WOMEN & MEN GET OUT OF THESE TRAPS THEY HAVE SET FOR US!!! CUT THEM OFF! I'VE found the less I communicate with him the MORE MY FEELINGS FOR HIM LEAVES WITH GOD HELP!!! THEY ARE HABITUAL LIARS, MANIPULATORS DEMONS!!!!

Never fall pray to scammers once you pay they keep pestering you for more and more they will never leave you alone just block the number

I think we are talking about the same people who star falling in love and then ask you to send them a gift card, they keep falling in love every day and then they ask you to give them your account number online to want to send you money according to so that you keep them for when they come to see you. He has my email and phone number, what can those people do with my information??

It's easy to see now how Bill Gates is so rich. You cant convince me that there is nothing that apple and microsoft can do. They make it to easy for the scammers to get by with it because of the stupid policies

For me i'm a lot like the rest of you guys there is this guy who claims to be someone named Peter black I found him on grindr and we forwarded our chats to google hangouts. then later he said that he had a mission over in Afghanistan, Kabul and he was staying there less then 3 months and gave me this whole speech about his parents along with his brother and sister died in a car accident. now that he said he is in love with me he wants me to go and give him an I tunes gift card because he is out of space on his MacBook and needs an update.

Man know keep asking me to buy him data if not do will not able to talk me and he keep pushing me to buy for his data and not if he tell me the truth or he is from Africa he very controling not what do I’m on the autism Spectrum is truth or not have what ad never ends !!! Want man who treat me right

I am so happy I did a lot of research and calling. This guy keeps ordering me to buy him an iTunes card so he can send me money with PayPal. Yeah, I asked a couple cop friends and there's no way, in any country, iTunes is used to pay on PayPal (as in to send money to someone.) And this guy is supposedly "rich" but wants me to buy him a card? Hmm... Yeah big scammer.

VL Thank god I catch my self quick a guy pose himself has one of
Nigerian actor try the same thing with me, claims he was filming a movie and he need a calling card for his 1phone then he change to iTunes gift card. Luckily I catch on quick he insisted that I buy $100 to $200 iTunes gift card and send the codes to his phone.

I have a go fund me account right now in order to get some help with the cost of surgery for our 14 month old pup. I’ve been in contact with this person who says if I send a Walmart to Walmart or $50 iTunes card I can pick up a donation amount from a western union. If I’m not giving out any bank info how could they really scam me othervthen take a lousy $50 when they say they can offer us the full payment for our pups surgery of $9000. Anyone heard of this? They say the $50 is refundable it’s just to prove we are real!!

I meet this girl online she's from America we are talking at the moment she said she would come to Queensland to see me for two days I said I will hit her a ticket she then said can you get a steam $100 card or $100 I tunes card is this a scam how do you pay for a flight on a I tunes card

Please please don’t answer her it is a scam. It’s best not to send her a thing. If you heard her voice on the phone that’s the best way to get to know her or video chat her. Without asking her to prove she’s real. If she stops texting you or messaging you then you know she isn’t real. Please be safe out there.

I just learned from my two handicapped nephews that they have been scammed for nearly $2000 (that I know of ) by some unknown woman. iTunes is complicit in all these scams. They could care less who gets hurt. This keeps happening over and over. Apparently all you need to get cash is a piece of paper with a number that has been given to you over the phone or internet. Apple should be smart enough to invent a procedure to prevent cash payments to someone not in possession of the actual card. People that cannot afford to have their money stolen are suffering while Apple keeps on smiling all the way to the bank

Honey please are you there honey
I was trying to take a picture on my cell and it's shows honeyI just get to talk to sassy about it honey he said I have to get a gift card to do that honey..
This one is trying everything to get something out of me.

I have this guy wanting a iTunes card from me a 500 dollar iTunes card. His name is Tony Craig a civil engineer that is the name he is going by. I met him online and he had been writing me all kind of love letters. Now that his job send him down to Cape Town , South Africa, he is asking me send $500 dollars I tune card. I didn't give it to him because this seems like a scam. His number is 13462581634 if you come around this fraud be careful. He claimed he lost his phone. It's all a scam.

I also have a guy named Adam Smith saying he works for Exxon Mobile and wants iTunes card for $500 to activate his account to send me money. Yeah right.Scammm. I have had other's too same stories I have read. Big scams.

from google hangout Adam's daughter Cindy asked me about iTunes card she need download I just met her on yesterday then she asked me about iTunes card for she need. I believe that scammers. I don't want give her iTunes card. so should I be block them from hangouts ?

my scammer claims to be borka georgi, a Bulgarian living in queensland. reckons he works in mining with gemstones. met me through academic singles dating site, moved to email then WhatsApp. typical loving responses, even showed me pic of his mother and daughter allegedly. wife deceased. he did send a video so his face matched his pics but the voice was out of sync. next thing I know, he is flying to johanessburg and needed either a vanilla card or iTunes card so that he could check on his mining! very insistent, really needed it, very important to him. I looked into it, had alarm bells ringing like no ones business, told him we don't do vanilla cards, so he asked why I didn't get him an iTunes card, wanted me to get a 100 dollar card and send him the codes. he would get it on his phone when he landed in johanessburg! I told him he could get a card at the airport, anyone could have got that for him, needless to say, haven't heard from him since, this was Friday the 15th march. I have reported him to the ftc, the dating site and facebook, will see what happens.

You guys be wise
Even those guys are scamming their fellow citizens talk more about you Americans

Someone said they are sending me a paypal but i must send them a google play worth $50 to receive the money. I feel like it’s a scam

This guy says he will deposit the money in my account as soon as I register with the 150 worth of google play cards?? I am eight months pregnant and really need the money but also I don't want to loose 150 dollars !!! Should I do it or not is it a scam?

What is his me ? And does he mention a company?

At first I wanted to make a purchase online and they requested the ITunes card for payment, I got the card and was going to meet the person for the purchase. They wanted to verify before and asked for the numbers, that is when I put on the breaks, Now I have a $100 gift card, how can I get a refund or spend the money on anything else.

I get women who ask for itunes catds or steam cards i tell them i cant get it right now. As for the ladies dealing with the poser saying he is military over seas get a current photo with timestamp on it and ill deal with him he is a fake person

This girl wants me to send her a $100 iTunes gift card to activate her phone. Is that true?

Not true at all. Stay away. These girls are gold diggers. They’re probably rich as hell and we’re barely making in it .

I have a man here that was introduced to me through another individual online . he asked my to get him an I tune card 49 $ then when I called him out he was offended. And last night he writes me being disappointed and angry I called him a scammer as once he asked for the card. Pure silence and again last night he said for me to get the card for him after calling me greedy and poor . does anyone ever jave to buy an itunes card for computers ???

Can you buy gas with iTunes card

From oct 2018. I have met a gentleman online n never met him and i am still dating him until now. I have spent over 10, 000 in itune, amazon, n steam cards to send to him. I even sent Money through western union and money gram, which is included n this total. I didnt know anything about online dating nor scammers using these methods. He always says he is going to buy me a house n we r going to get married. I tried putting up his pic but i cant find anything regardi g him through it or his email address. I stopped buying these cards over 1 month ago.

Omg these stories are like mine.anyone know of person Bling Lawson Silva in Cyprus. Met on mingle took me to hangouts chatting for 3 months says he's civil engineer there on work wants to get married come here etc.seems sincere lovable but never talked .Sounds like all other stories sends pics has to chat I'm confused but leary.Sounds wonderful and perfect but I have a feeling.If I could find a guy like this be great lol.just started asking for itune card.Also said born in Germany lived in Maryland is us n German citizen

First of this came through as my boss name which masked the real ID. I got the first email say "Are you available? there is something i need you to do. I am going for a meeting now, so just reply my email asap.", with my boss's name at the top as always but the email underneath was masked. I proceed to due what I thought he wanted me to do, so I went with it like it was him as if he was donating to customers or charity. I then ran to get them at Walmart and from there I had to email the backs of the card to my boss, which I did but the big give away was when they wanted me to send 10 more. Then after talking with with my boss directly, I call ITunes and had all but 2 $50 ones stopped from being spent. I opened a claim on FTC.gov site and had to send pictures to apple of the cards(Front and Back), the Receipts and the Open file at FTC.gov.
Watch out for this type where it comes through as a Boss or someone over you, but for some reason there email was put into my address book under my bosses name. I searched the email and never found that email before 5/3 in all my emails. They are getting in some who and they new to mask my boss's name to scam me.

I was ask to go buy a lot of iTunes card and to send them to a Darren Malcom butler who sent me a message saying that I had won money and told me that my money would be on my doorstep first it was a government funded grant and then the flight crack then the security people wouldn't release the money unless I paid so much money now it is the IRS who are looking for £7000. 500 from me before I get and what I was supposed to have won. I keep telling this Darren Malcom butler that I don't have any money because I am in depth and I even borrowed money to send over to Darren Malcom Butler. I have even told him to send me back all the money that I sent to him and all that he says that I can't have my money back which I sent this Darren Malcom butler over and he and this federal government fund grant people won't send me back to me and now this Darren Malcom Butler is saying that the IRS wants money off me. I have paid nearly £900 to Darren Malcom Butler and is still keep asking me how much can I get to send over. I keep asking him to just send me all the money that I sent to him Darren Malcom butler but all that he keeps saying I won't get my money back even though I told him that I that he is taking money off me under faults pretence and I am ill and disabled and he and the federal government fund and now this IRS who ever they are won't give me my £900 back nor will their so called cashier

Wow, so ridiculous all these stories of con's these people are running with this iTunes thing.
Met a guy on POF immediately asked to switch over to WhatsApp, I'm like okay a phone number is practically useless for anything other than being on the phone. ... so we chat for not even 24 hours and he's already professing his love for me first he's asking all these questions about what I want in a relationship and I'm answering accordingly, told me his dad died in an accident & at a young age, then mom passed away a yr ago & grandma passed away when she got the news his mom died.
he asked me for a video of me singing [okay a 16 second shot; which I learned there is another scam that they are using to gain access to your WhatsApp via voice verification but as soon as I did my WhatsApp I have a 2-step Verification and so if that's what he was trying to do he wouldn't accomplish anything]...
he sent me pictures of him in a full uniform & partial and a video of him singing first, so i returned the gesture . .. he's using the name Alex Black and the last name on the uniform does say Black ... I'm not sure whose pictures and video he is using or where he got them from because no matter how hard I searched I couldn't find them anywhere.
The red flag with me was he asked me to buy him an iTunes card for his data, said his connection was going out...
I video called him & he refused to answer repeatedly then he finally called me but it was on mute and the camera was so close to what was or was not his face (probably a prerecorded video) and then he ended the call.
So I asked him to give me his account information so I could put the iTunes number in there... he said that I couldn't do it online I needed to go to the store purchase it from there and then let him know ...
I gave him multiple chances to correct maybe what he said or typed by mistake but he stuck to the story that the iTunes can be used for data said that he'd be so sad if he couldn't talk to me didn't know what he be able to do .. using the number 2624775690... I told him that I would take my chances elsewhere & blocked him.

I think that I am in big trouble a really good friend of mine offered to help me with some money I gave him my I'm formation and suddenly he was having
trouble making the transfer and asked me to buy him an Sephora card which I knew had nothing to do with what he needed I politely mentioned this to him
and he said it was so he could trade it for a iTunes card to update his phone so that he could go ahead and transfer the money to me well I checked that out to and came across this site and after reading some of the things on here I informed him about this as well and told him that I know that you can't update a phone with an iTunes card but I still think that I may be in big trouble what can I do about this i know if it was really stupid on my part but he's supposed to be a friend

I am being scammed by someone claiming to be serving in Libya in disclosed deployment.Started like so many of the scenarios I've read on here... but sounded so genuine at the time.. 'met' him on a dating site.. he said he was in London where I'm from, only after a day in did he reveal that he was not in London but serving in Libya. he has a daughter and hi s wife died in a car crash. He is phenomenally handsome with the fittest body and dreamy eyes. Very quickly progressed to useing terms of endearmnet and talk of love and I'd never even heard his voicce as we communicated on 'kik'.. he said because of the special nature of his deployment, he was not allowed a camera and could not make phone calls. He asked for me to pay for 'secured communication' and sent a dodgy looking 'military' email...I mailed it from a made up address and the equally dodgy response was badly spelt and punctuated and asked for a transfer of £210 to be paid to an account with western union. I've given no money but he knows a few details like my name and email address. I've since deactivated my fb account. He also asked for an itunes card. The most bizarre thing was that although I knew it was a scam at different parts of our'liason' I hoped beyond hope that he wasn't aware that it was and he was also a victim. His name was 'Ariel Torres'

Anybody ever heard of a company called Davidson ? The guys name is frank Miller Berg... feed back please.

I bought a gift card and sent me a gift card that was used

Because I shipped the iTunes card and I could not buy it and my account is closed because of the mistakes of the secret code and I want to open it

Ok. So im talking to this guy on fb. An said he was gonna sent me money. But then yesterday he asked me to get him a itunes gift card cuz he is in Arizona an that supposedly where he is at there is no more. An he says he works for the army. But im like why would those cards finish right. Anyone i need answers

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