You are here

The IRS doesn’t want your iTunes cards

Share this page

If anyone tells you to buy iTunes cards to pay the IRS, qualify for a grant, get a loan or bail out a family member, say “No.” They’re trying to scam you. The only place to use an iTunes card is at the iTunes store, to buy online music, apps or books.

People have told the FTC about scammers who called and demanded iTunes cards as “payment.” Bogus “IRS agents” told people they owed back taxes and would be arrested soon, unless they bought an iTunes card and gave the code to the “agent.” Phony “government grant” officers called and promised a big payout, after the person bought an iTunes card and read the code to the “grant officer.” Other fraudsters told people their grandkids were in jail and the only way to help was — you guessed it — to buy an iTunes card and read the code over the phone. All the stories were false.

There’s a reason scammers insist on getting iTunes cards: Once you tell a scammer the code from the back of an iTunes card, he takes control of the value on the card. He can use the code or sell it. After a person redeems the code, you can’t get your money back.

If you gave someone the code from an iTunes card and you think it was a scam, call Apple Support at 1-800-275-2273 right away (you may have to spend some time on hold). Tell them what happened and ask if they can disable the card. Also, go back to the store that sold you the card and talk with their customer service staff. And if you hear from someone who wants you to send an iTunes card, please tell the FTC.

Tagged with: imposter, scam
Blog Topics: 
Money & Credit


I as scammed for a personal loan for $5000. They wantd me to py fees for the loan to an amount of $3000 in ITUNE CARDS. They would wire me the money through Wetern Union.

Please report this to the FTC at The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations. You can also report the scammer to Western Union consumer fraud department at

I have been scammed for a total of $20,000 as I was afraid that I'm going to jail if I din't pay the amount that they're asking due to the tax thatI didn't included when I filed my tax income. Now I'm paying the money that was stolen from me . Is there a way that the governemnt can help me about this? That amount of money can send me to school.

You can report what happened to the FTC at and to your state Attorney General’s office. If the scammer pretended to be from the IRS, you can also report to the Treasury Inspector General.

You can ask your Attorney General's office or state and local consumer protection agencies if they can help you get money back.

I just found out about this scam. The same thing has happened to me. I received a phone saying , I owe the IRS and that I had to pay it back with iTunes gift cards. so far they gotten $350.00, but they were looking to get $2,794. They made a monthly payment arrangement for $100. Friday, September 9, 2016, they called had me leave my job, and go to a retail sore that was close to my job, and sold iTunes gift cards. This happen again this pass Friday the 16th, but this time, they said that one of the cards were already used, and that I needed to get a new one; but this time the man said something to the fact that if he was doing something illegal he could go to jail." That brought to mind something he said earlier in the call, "DON'T TELL ANYONE". usually when I hear those wards I hang up. But this is the IRS, and them words put fear in people, so I didn't check it out until he said that he could go to jail. Pleas put a stop to these people that scamming people in the name of the IRS. Out a small amount; but a amount just the same.

Please report your experience to the FTC at The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations nationwide.

I got a call on 9/23/2016. Phone # of caller 607-865-9330, The person told me her name is Michelle from the government and I was selected to win $9,000, it sounded interesting and being out work the last year She told me to give my account # at Bank and she would forward it to me, or got to Wall Mart and go a Western Union, buy a I tune card and then call her and give her the # on the card and then she will forward the $9,000 to me. I told her I have a hard time understanding what the card is all about. She said just do it and You will have $9,000 to do what ever You want too. It sounded too good to be true, looked up on the computer their has been # of people who had the same thing going happen and gave info out. I told the lady Michelle it sounds weird, she spoke with a foreign accent and things did not add up.
Let's face it the government would let us know if they are doing anything for us, and suddenly they are going to award me for being a good citizen. If it sounds WEIRD know it'sounds a fraud. She got 0 from Me.

(03Oct2016-04Oct2016) on 03Oct2016, an IRS impersonator called me at 3:00PM and said I owed the IRS $8,800 in improper tax filing through TurboTax. They demanded this amount of $8,800 to be paid in iTunes cards. in the end, I loss over $14,000. =(

Oct. 13, 2016 Last night they called a very close and dear friend of mine telling her that she has a 7000 grant and only thing she has to do is pay state taxes she needing money to repair her car borrowed the money from her boy friend they guy told her it was the last day and to send 500 thru western union (to china) and she did since she took too long to srnd it if she send 446 more dollars she could get an exstention until 8am today. She did , she bought itune gift cards and gave him the codes on the back. This morning he called and told her she needed 300 more and to get you guess itune gift cards. When i arrived to her house this morning she went and got the 300 gift cards i told her it didnt sound right so i looked the number phone number up it all of this poped up we were blessed to cancell 400 itune gift cards but she lost946. He had the nerve to ask for 500 more through westen union but by that time we had called itunes, western union, and went and made a police report. I feel so sad and upset for her it was they last money. Please dont let this happen to you and for those that it has happen to lets stick together and try to put an end to this so it wont happen to any one else. 1300 total 946 lost....

People - All you have to do is go to your bank and talk to them about it. Even if it doesn't involve the bank. Go to the bank and ask someone.

I got a call saying I got a $9000 grant. All I had to do was go pick up my money gram. I went to Walgreens Calle from the parking lot too. They only will give you one step at a time. Once inside NEIL FOSTER from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York got on the line & said I just needed to purchase a money gram activation card to get my money gram grant by purchasing an ITunes card for $50. To make Long story short. I purchased $800 worth of ITunes cards & would get $9800 in the grant. The grant never happened. They keep you on the phone the entire time & only give you one small piece of the deal at a time. Bcuz if they layed it all out ahead of time you would see t for what it was. The phone numbers used were 315-710-0418 & 315-675-0131. This was on 11/5/16 & 11/7/16. I was duped just like everyone was. Yes I feel stupid but I want others to beware of ITunes scams. I reported it to the FTC.

I too was scammed by some one claiming I had been chosen for a once in a lifetime government grant. I was in need of extra money especially with Christmas just around the corner. Unfortunately for me they got me for $960 dollars that I did not have to throw away. Am very upset but did report them to FTC and police. Still trying to get money back. Don't know if I will be successful or not.

Why can't the government, make a law, that states that, anyone who sells itunes cards, must tell the buyer, that the IRS doesn't take payment this way.

there at it again first I received three voicemails saying I won grant money from the federal government and to call back this phone number 1786.471.8163. so I did then they told me I won more money then was first told to me on my voicemail. 7800 to be exact they asked how I wanted to receive my money through my bank account, through a credit card, or Western Union when I said Western Union they said I had to call another phone number with my confirmation code that number was 425 245 5109 after I call that number they told me that I had a tax state and in order to receive my money I had to buy an iTunes card to verify my code. then they would talk me through receiving my money through Western Union. when they said I had to spend $250 on an iTunes card I told them I didn't have that much at that time so they asked how long I needed to get the money. I said give me a day they said okay don't tell anybody about the grant money and call us back tomorrow and ask for Kevin Barker.
I knew right then I need to go look this up because they both sounded foreign and sounded like they were reading from a script needless to say I hung up and looked it up right away and never called back. they almost fooled me because I'm at a point in my life where I could really use the money to go back to college and to pay off debt they even went to the length of saying don't use this money for any illegal activity. this stuff is crazy sometimes I think how could someone be so heartless and take money from people they don't know what their financial situation is like. so don't trust these phone numbers they're definite scams.

Thank you for helping with these very annoying and dangerous scams

I've been talking to this RAF man or so he says .he has tried getting money from me for the last 3 months. he wanted me to pay for his promotion .I thought they had to earn other things .now he Say's he can't ring me unless I send him an iTune card is this true .I've never sent him money .

My Mother became involved in the IRS scheme in 2016. She lives in a seniors community that does not have easy access to shopping areas, unless you take the van. The van does not run on Saturday's. She received the call early on a Saturday morning advising her that she owed roughly $11,050.00 in back taxes from 2009. (this was a year that she did not even work- she had been living on her social security for 3 years by this point!) Mom fell for everything he was saying. She walked 4.5 miles in each direction to go to a Dollar General to buy iTunes cards that totaled $550.00 for this joker. Luckily before she could call him back and give this Indian guy the numbers from the cards my husband and I showed up. I went over to fuss at her for walking that far when she can barely see and secondly to ask her what was so important that she could not wait for us to come and take her shopping. She burst into tears. Then she told us what was going on. My husband told her that he was going to take her back to the store to get he money back and that he was going to talk to "the guy" when he called. So my husband did. Needless to say there was a lot of cursing, but at least my mom did not lose his money. Later that evening my Mother received another phone call from the same guy. He wanted to know if she still had the iTunes cards and if so give him the numbers, he assured her that her SIL would never find out. Mom explained to him that she returned the cards. The guy informed her that he would be at her house on Monday with his attack dogs and that if she did not have the money the dogs would attack. She said ok and hung up. He did call again on Sunday to give her another chance. Needless to say he never showed up with his attack dogs. He kept calling her for a while off and on for a few weeks, but then he just stopped!


Leave a Comment