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Scammers push people to pay with iTunes gift cards

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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 was contacted by someone from the Steve Harvey Foundation stating that i won a cash prize and in order for it to be delivered by FedEx by Tuesday i would need to obtain a $ 100.00 iTunes card to ensure the delivery of my prize ... Is that a scam or is it legitimate..

A guy is trying to get me to get him £100 card an sayin he loves me an wants me to get him this to buy food has in his country that’s what they do glad I read this before falling victim to this

I was told that I won a iPhone but should buy a $50 iTunes gift card to activate it

The scammer who is scamming my mom out of Itune gift cards is using the name and FB name of John Isaac. Beware

I’m reporting this # 888-764-7751. These peoples claiming to be Apple support personnel. They tried to get me to go out and get $100 Apple gift card to give it to them so they can handle a fraudulent charge for me. Also, stating that I’ll get that $100 refund back after the supposed fraudulent charge is taken care of.

someone ask to get itunes card a solider so it as money on it to travel to me in England is this true plus they ask me to get a wallet card too which i never heard of

I am talking to this guy who is claiming to be in the military and he wants to “register” my number. So he asked me to buy a $25 iTunes card to register with the military registration line center. I am trying to figure out if he is lying. My gut tells me that he might be but I want for once in my life to have someone not lying to me.

I got scammed for over 1500 dollars since November 2019 to now by sending iTunes cards paid cash and all they wanted was the code and the receipt I'm so sick of this they won't stop asking me for more and I got a picture of them and passport and dl is this ligit or I'm getting scammed?

Has anyone heard of Anton Eaton. I met him on word wars. He asked for a calling card then. said all the lovey stuff. Next day asked for a itunes card.

Has anyone heard of Anton Eaton. I met him on word wars. He asked for a calling card then. said all the lovey stuff. Next day asked for a itunes card.

Hi i'm form the netherlands i have also an scammer herr name is Ezen Olah situated in Canada Toronto, sche asks after I few chats for an gift card , can't find any information online about herr sche pretend to be an photographer but no content to find

Someone told me today that if I bought amazon gift card for $300.00, they would give me $3500.00 with in 10-20 minutes of sending proof of purchase. When I asked for proof they sent me pics of conversation between different people standing in front of gift cards at store. And pics of cash app transactions. And a pic off google that showed Bitcoin stock . Got to be scam...$300 for $3500? How does this work??

This is actually happening to me right now. My friend from Washington went to turkey for work. We’d been talking since he landed in Turkey, but since Tuesday he never message me so I message Him but he never answered. Today he me message me saying his phone has a serious issue & he needs to activate using a 1000 iTunes. That he logged in on his account on his friends phone but it’s still showing his phone number. So I tried to video call him so I could see if it is really him but he said his friends video cam isn’t working. But his voice is different it’s like a young lads voice. I’m worried my friend lost his phone & whoever got it, will use to scam people...

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