Scammers push people to pay with iTunes gift cards

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 just got burnt by advance America got me for 241.00 then wanted more for other fees. Told them no all of the sudden I didn't qualify!

I AM SO GLAD that I did my research first and saw your reply!! RIGHT NOW someone from Advance Cash America is trying to get me to pay $481 and telling me I will be taken to court and the papers have already been filed. Said the debt was from 2013. I almost fell for it until they said to buy an iTune card. OMG! This is AWFUL that people do this!

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. Give as many details as you can about the call. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

the fbi and local police are leaving it up to the irs to do their own investigation.

Just got hit by one today. Same story. U have to pay $678 or we will file a warrent for arrest. I was going to make it in 3 payments but got skeptical when it said buy an iTunes card. So I started looking on the internet to see if there were scams like this. Glad I found this blog.

I'm glad you avoided the scam. Please report what happened at FTC.gov/complaint. The details you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

The comments you post here on the blog don't go into the law enforcement database.

This is 100% happening everywhere!! Today I got in a call with a guy claiming to be from the IRS. He demanded payment ASAP for alleged back taxes from 2012 which I had but thought I had paid in full. They were totally insane pushy, telling me if we get disconnected in the phone he'd call the cops. Well I hung up. Ten mins later I get a call from the local PD. Freaked me out enough to call back and say listen. Why do I pay with iTunes cards?? Said it was the fed govt way of collecting payment. Then was put in with another "officer" he was even worse saying I'll be arrested in front of my kids ( this whole thing went down on my truck Bluetooth) finally had enough and next call to me was from a penitentiary in Columbus Ohio. Both times the scammers used real numbers from real PD's. Be careful. Btw.... They all sounded foreign yet used names like John Adams... Mike Black.... Be careful...

I got woken up from a call stating almost the exact same thing. Said if I hang up I would be arrested the next day. They told me to go down to Busy Best or somewhere that I could by an Itunes card. I fell for it. I was half asleep, he even said the Department of Homeland Security was on the line but I could not talk to them. Like you I had back taxes and thought I had paid them but was not sure. They first asked for 1250 or again I would be arrested the next day. I have a bad heart and started a bout of tachycardia about 140+ beats per minutes. And like an idiot I fell for it. But said I only had 250 dollars to my name and they said that was ok they will not forward to local police for an arrest warrent. I feel so dumb. I should know better. I do security audits for a living, has my CISA and 1 year shy of my Doctorate. But I am semi-retired and in my 50's . I used to worry when my Dad was alive of him falling for these kind of things. Oh at first they asked me 3 things, have I ever had a traffic ticket, have I ever filed bankruptcy and something else. Well yes I have, but everyone can get at that info. I run background checks on my daughter's boyfriends there is so much info flying around out there in the net. No more facebook for me, only used it for picks but your birthday is out there, if you ever turn on location it will imprint that on the picture so you can take a picture of your burger and you friends can see what you ate and where ate it at. I just got off the phone with the local PD and I personally know the Chief and he said no way is that not a scam. Plus having a wife pass recently I had no one to discuss this with either. And yes they were all foreign but had names like Bob and Mark, and when I said I want it escalated I got someone else and I think it was the same person.

Be careful - oh I also asked them how do they know they have the right person. There were 3 with the same name as me in this house at one time, as I am a JR and so Is my son and we all lived together until my Dad passed at one time. I would like to change my number but hate to because it was the business line they called and I don't want to miss out on a client.

And why did it not set off a bell in my mind when he said it must be a ITunes card.

Okay - I vented and told my story not I have to try and relax.

It just happened to me his id # was 694291350 .said he was from microsoft.told me to stay on hold and gopurchase I tune cards in the amount of $100.00 3 of them and dontdon't tell them what they are for.

IRS will NEVER ever call you first! They only call after having sent out at least two written notices via US post office and then only if you have ignored those notices. If they threaten you with things like they will call the cops on you tell them do it. Or tell them hey I will meet you at the pf in 10 minutes as they are only a block from me. I am turning myself in

IVE DONE THE SAME THING. THEY TRIED TO MAKE ME BUY AND ITUNES GIFT CARD AND PUT 200 $ THEN THE 8,200 WAS MINE. WHAT A SCAM!!!

That just happened to me today an I barked that mans ear off I payed $230.00 I'm glad I stopped after that an research up on the scams after the store manager told that there scams going on.

You could help law enforcement by reporting what happened. Go to FTC.gov/complaint and tell us what happened.

You can choose how much information to give about yourself, and you can give details about the scammer who called you & what he said. That information helps law enforcement do investigations.

same here except $9200 for itune card of 200 to give to fedx

I had a similar experience and I fell for it. I am now 4000.00 in debt for buying I tunes for Lending Club

That just happened to me Wednesday, the scammers are using lending club company to scam everyone, if you apply online at lending club and get a call from 210-401-1437 do not answer its a scammer, FBI is working on this case.

So is lending club a scam

Yes Lending Club is a scam. They got me. They kept telling me to pay fees inorder to get a loan. They kept calling me and hassling me, so I changed my phone number.

Hi just got a call from Lending Club as well.sent me $300 wants me to send $200 in iTunes card. Then will recieve $8000. Im assuming a scam right?

If you’re not shopping at the iTunes store, you shouldn’t be paying with an iTunes gift card.

If you're offered a loan, but you have to send money first, chances are you will lose the money you sent and won't get a loan.

I got called by a company who sent me $680 as a verification fee. Next day told me to send it back by buying iTunes gift cards to the tune of $650. I did so, and same day they said "your credit is not high enough" and sent me another $920 to raise my credit score. Said after getting that money back, buying $900 worth of iTunes gift cards (from the money they sent to me), then I would get my loan. Is this a scam? I'm not exactly using my own money--its money they sent me.

This is the same thing they did to me and said my money would be available at midnight so I'm hoping it isn't a scam.. It was their own Money they used even if it was! I will update soon as I know for sure!

I'm not sure if it's a scam but I just got conned into doing this but they sent me 200 and I had to buy 100 card and then my loan would be processed for 5000. I'm still waiting on the call back!

If someone you don't know offers to send you money, or wants you to send them money, it's a sign of a scam.

Sometimes, when scammers want to move stolen money, they get other people involved. They pretend to hire them, and tell them to open bank accounts and deposit and send money. Or, they start an online "romance" and ask their sweetheart to open a bank account to send money as a favor.

If you give your bank account number and personal information to a scammer, there's a risk of identity theft. The FTC has tips about what to do if information is lost or stolen.

I justgot scammed by lending club today

OMG, me too,. I'm from Honolulu, Hawaii and it happened to beginning of September 2016 with 1st one from Swift Loan Online -approved for $5000. Western Union 10% of the loan which was $500 (insurance fee) & refundable money will be in account in about 45 min, 45 min came n went. Called them up 1(800) 636-8026 (terry Cowan, Matthew and a lady with no accent claims to be the District Manager)

Now they are telling me that the check came back and needs to go to the release manager and need to pay $499 (release fee) & refundable- nothing. I cussed them out boy - about $1300 from my checking I took out and now about 2 months behind, applying for payday loans (man they eat you dry)

Then another one with Quick Cash 1(626) 888 4662 (Mark brown or Adam) , mobile direct $989 into my checking and then I needed to withdraw the money ASAP and money gram & I did figuring it wasn't my money, second time, AdAm wants to clear out my -500 (cause they have access I'm the fool ), he sent again & I money grammed again.

Then he told me the $7000 will be deposited into my account but I need to do one more transaction - NO WAY I AINT DOING IT,.,, the money is in here $2000.. OMG it's 400 in the morning he calls told him Walmart don't open till 7:00am for money gram and I started at 6 am. I started snappin told him this n that then he tells me to purchase $1400 in iTunes card, after all scanned, my card gets declined. WTF so I called him back, blah, blah blah, I was on the Internet getting information from my bank I answered his call - BOOM he tells me " I ALREADY HAD MADE A COMPLAINT ON YOU THAT U RUN AWAY WITH MY MONEy.. Blah blah blah I went off !! Go Ahead and call your mama, call the president cause I don't give a f*** how dare you look at my profile on FB. When he told me if I ride a motor cycle ii was like ... Huh

Anyway they never got their $2000 are their iTunes cards cause I already had informed my bank. Sick people. And another one wants me to purchase an apple iTunes electric card, put $250 so he can make sure I have funds . Loan approved for $10000. Give the confirmation my conversation number to verify funds in account t. I told this Guy I think. I going pass

i got scamed by ghedient systems saying i had been hacked and my wife and my bank acct was not secure when all was over they got us for 2350.00.

so did they actually deposit the funds in your account after you paid them with an ITunes card??? Did you at least get to use the money for the purpose you wanted and now you are short that amount in your account?? I need to know because I am caught up in this and want to know what happens

Did u receive your money?

I just bought 2 $100 iTunes gift cards for lending tree. The deposited 998 in my account and said to get these cards called in then the rest of the funds would be deposited?

U just got that same one lol

I think I just got scammed today. Bought $150 in ITunes gift card and gave info to Consumer Loans who then transferred me to the bank manager who said he was with Net Bank in Seattle Washington. He proceeded to tell me he needed $600 in ITunes cards however I would get all of the money back. $15,000 plus the $600 and the $150.00. I did not give the $600. Here are the phone numbers. Katherine at ext 120. 360-819-1153 And she is the one who got the $150.00. Then she verified and then transferred me to her bank manager at 206-596-0810. This is such a rip off. I will report.

My 92 yr old mother was scammed into buying itune cards. She thought it was her grandson calling from jail needing money to bail out.He told her not to tell anyone. She purchased $2000.00 worth of cards. This low-life called her back and had her give the codes to him. Not till 2 days later did she tell the family. So sad! She now has a code word that we have givin' her so if someone phones and she's not sure who it is she's to ask for the code word....they don't give it she hangs up!

Identical scenario just happened to me on 9/28/16.I have reported to Local Sheriff.I finally got suspicious after the same low-life "attorney" wanted another $2000 for another misdemeanor charge. I am ambarrassed to have fell for this scam after age 81, but it was my "grandson" calling...

I got burned from phone numbers from people calling from a 00000000 number then told me to call 2028386084 pay 200 to get my $9000 grant then called 3152263352 which was supposedly the federal reserve bank and had to pay another 499 like an idiot to receive my funds by midnight what a crock of crap these people need to be expelled from living on US soil they should go live in a third world country and learn the value of a dollar and that people actually have kids and don't want to be robbed or lied to oh well life goes on but these people need to be stopped. Some guy called me today and wanted another 600 I was like go fly a kite.

That is crazy I just got off the phone with supposed be the federal reserve bank and they want a 250 gift Card to receive 9000 that they say is mine. I called one of the numbers back and it said Georgetown university.this is craxy

They have called me for the same thing but when I call back there number was located at Washington. And I haven't bought any iTunes card yet so what should I do.

Government offices will not tell you to use iTunes gift cards, or other gift cards. If someone says they are from the government, and they tell you to send iTunes cards, it's a scam.

A scammer might pretend to be with the IRS and say you’ll be arrested if you don’t pay back taxes right now. Or say you will get a grant if you send money. But if you put money on a card and share the code with the scammer, that money is gone forever.

If you are not shopping at the iTunes store, you should not pay with an iTunes gift card.

I was scammed out of $3000 I have all the cards I have no idea what To Do Who To Call My Money Is Jus Gne I Was Such An Idiot But I Didn't Kno Any Better Can You Please Help Me

the scam happened to me as I was doing my taxes online; all of a sudden the pages were rolling and acting crazy and then of course someone who acted like they were with turbotax who I was using told me it would cost $250.00 on an iTunes card to fix my computer.

I was stupid I know but if it were not for trying to get my taxes done I may have thought about it more. A lot of pharmacies also have all types of gift cards including iTunes so that is where I went to get it because I go there all the time, they are my pharmacy, I felt they would be trustworthy because I was not going to do this online.

Well, fooled me; people that see me a lot; that take money from me for prescriptions, groceries, etc; people I trusted let me get the card and after it had been paid for told me about the scam and of course they were not allowed to give the money back even though the thief had not been given the codes or anything.

I have called people and told them they should have signs in the stores because they are not Apple Stores but just put a general warning about it happening to all cards and people would stop and think. Another thing is this, I am older, yes and I do not like it; I live on a pension, which comes from the government so probably any other old people that have been taken on this iTunes ride receive social security. I believe if that is true then it is worse then just fraudulent activity of people but of the government.

They could have given me my money but their bosses tell them no, they are not allowed once they ring it up. Well, they could have told me while we were at the register and I could have stopped them; so people in these pharmacies and other little places know and they just do not care who gets robbed of their money. I have not heard from the so called computer tech because I did not get the card online but went to the store instead. I thought I was being smarter that way; well, so much for that but he has not tried to contact me because he probably knows he got busted.

I believe the FBI should get in on this if for no other reason then a lot of money for these cards are coming from Seniors Pensions which is government money a lot; I am quite sure also welfare and that is illegal; stealing from the government. I still have this card and cannot get my money back for anything. I am stuck with a $250 piece of paper that says iTunes. I think there is more than one thief in this mess because all the places involved know. I do not go to iTunes sites; I am almost 70 years old but here I am just to let people know and that I hope that the companies will, on their own put a warning at the kiosk at the stores; or the government should get involved.

The other stores that are ripping off customers who are ill, and old and just want their computers to work right so they can finally get their taxes done do not deserve to lose their money. This could have been avoided up to the time I was at the register before it was rung up and if they had just said, "you know there is a scam going around" or something to that effect I know I would not have paid for that card. Shame on the thief, shame on Apple, and any other company that lets this go, shamed on the pharmacy for not telling me; shame on the head of the pharmacy for making their employees not tell people so that way they fear for their jobs, shame on everyone involved and shame on me for being stupid. tell everyone you know about this stuff; not just the young kids; all of the young people should warn their parents and grandparents too. you would be doing your family members a great service.

I'm sorry this happened to you. You could call Apple Support at 1-800-275-2273 to see if they can help you recover your money.  Explain that you know the money is still on the card, becuase you didn't give the codes away.

Please report it to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint, so the details will go into the database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

You could also look online for the corporate headquarters of the store that sold you the card and contact someone in the headquarters to ask for a refund. You can also ask your state Attorney General’s office if they can help.

You may want to contact someone in your area about the TV call for action lines, or contact your local Better Business Bureau.

 

 

 

 

T-ball06 - I just got scammed by some one in Washington number 202-899-2221 they got me for 2400.00 I feel apple itunes should have to pay even though we do purchase the cards there should be some way we could get out money back !!! I ad report this to the ttc but I'm surevim screwed no matter whom I put this claim into !!! I'm on socail security I needed a loan to pay some of my taxes but instead paid these scammers my fault for doing this but there should be a protection against this !!!

I agree there should be some protection so am I on SSI income once a Month and I get enough to make it from Month to Month I got scammed for $$1650.00 it hurts us old people I went to the police and he made me feel like I am wasting his time and my time with this he did write the report that is why there are so many off them doing it they know nothing will happen to them it is a shame

I'm sorry about your experience with the police. Please go to FTC.gov/complaint to report what happened. The information you give goes into a database that state and federal law enforcement nationwide use for their investigations.

If you need some extra help with bills, you could go to benefitscheckup.org. You can search for benefit programs in your area that might help pay for medicine, health care, food, utilities and more. You can also get help with tax relief, transportataion, legal issues or finding work.

Ok seriously people! Who falls for a scam where they tell you to buy and pay with ITunes cards????? What would the government want with iTunes money!! Holy crap people can be stupid these days. I just can't believe it! A piece of advice for EVERYONE out there is if anyone calls from ANY agency and wants money JUST SAY NO ITS A SCAM!!

Please understand that these creeps are well trained experts and not everyone is a cynical skeptic. Many people are just honest, law abiding citizens who want to pay their debt and avoid legal problems. These creeps are specially trained in psychological terrorism. Stop blaming the victim. They were doing what they thought was the good and honest and right thing to do. The terrorists use fear and mental manipulation to brainwash these people into buying these cards. It always seems obvious when you're not in the middle of it. These people weren't aware of the scams so they fell prey. Educate rather than ridicule and maybe the next person to read this will be saved from the struggle my daughter suffered at the hands of these monsters.

I understand how someone can feel as surprised as you at how people actually fall for this, but as well as being well trained scammers, many of the targets are elderly or disabled people who are very vulnerable. My mother is a brain cancer survivor who is missing a large portion of her brain. She is well care for but also has been blessed with a surprising amount of coherence given her condition. She has a bit of social life of her own and as much independence as she's been able to maintain. She was scammed out of $500 because she contacted me after they insisted on more money. She waited to contact me because she was absolutely terrified. Being a cancer survivor, she is often getting calls from bill collectors and other sorts. She has no knowledge of the current laws regarding financial debt and was terrified by the sort of legal persecution they were claiming to hold against her. People like her are merely victims without that ability to guard themselves from these scammers. It is the job of those who are outraged by these things to help advocate for them. These scammers should be stopped immediately. I'm following through with a full police report and everything regarding the incident. I understand it is most likely a lost cause, however, it's worth a shot if it gets the authorities a step closer to stopping these people.

Sounds familiar! ITUNES card purchased to return the so called "good faith" money that is deposited into your bank account to show the FTC and FDIC you are a "good risk"! (I know sounds ridiculous but I fell for this even though I was very suspicious but also very desperate.) On September 2, 2016 the same thing you described happened to me. The result of this loan scam is my account has been closed by the bank and I was told I can never get another account for 5 years at this bank or any other! I presume the bank considers me either involved knowingly or something awful like that. I only tried to obtain a loan to pay some taxes that are due on my offer in compromise with the IRS before the OIC is placed in default.

I completed an online loan application which surprisingly required bank routing, account number, SSN, online banking information (this must be so the fraudster can deposit his fake checks through "mobile banking"!!! I have never in my life used mobile banking in the history of having my account so I was particularly surprised when I alerted my bank that I knew I had been scammed because customer service told me many checks had been deposited through mobile banking and a HOLD was placed.

I am very distraught over this and have placed an FTC complaint. I tried to put in a claim at the bank which I was never allowed to do since they closed the account and every banking department I phoned to explain this FRAUD told me "we can't help you as your account has been CLOSED by risk mgmt. I think this reaction is extreme as I tried to proactively alert the bank's FRAUD department of the goings on and gave them complete information the same day they scammed me.

EVERYONE - these loan scammers are several people, they all have accents and they are giving fake names of Eric, Kevin and David Cooper (who supposedly is the "wire transfer manager" of Advance America. The David Cooper person calls from some NY office while the Eric Foster person calls from a NJ number and each one is INDIAN. So, do you really think they would have american names like Eric and David - BEWARE these con artists are in a ring! They never respond to you after they get the ITUNES code ( the fake money they are making your account the repository for) and they are very particular about where they want you to purchase the ITUNES cards.

These ITUNE cards are only required because "you have a low "credit score" and have to show their company that they can "trust" you to repay their loan - this is called their VERIFICATION process!! After you "successfully" pass their verification process, your loan will be FUNDED in 25 minutes. (I KNOW- SOUNDS SO RIDICULOUS AS I AM TYPING THIS I CANNOT BELIEVE I FELL FOR THIS NONSENSE!!!)

Got me for 6400. Knew where I lived, where my wife worked, how old my daughter was, etc. That made me think is was legit. It got real when they threated arrest of my 18/yo autistic daughter as an accessory to tax evasion. All I could imagine was her in the fetal position in a cell.

you cant get them not to lie to you

At first I received email threats, saying that I was going to be taken to court and arrested. This guy call him self Melvin Colman but had a foreign accent. The phone he called me from was a cell phone with a 202 Area code. I searched the number it's by a navy ship yard in Washington DC. He then started texting me saying to buy a $400 iTunes gift card to make a payment or I would be arrested.
He won't stop calling or emailing me. Grrrr

In the last 24 hours I received 2 voicemails from (206)472-6025. When I called back the lady claimed to be from the U.S. Gov. grants department. She claimed that I had been randomly selected to receive a grant and gave me a confirmation number and phone number of alleged grant financial officer to call "right away". I called (206) 245-5109 and the man said his name was Kevin Parker. Then told me that I needed to go to one of his list of stores Walmart, CVS or Walgreens and call him when I got into the store parking lot. That I wasn't to hang up until we had completed getting my government fund number unlocked. That I needed to purchase an iTunes card for the amount of $250 dollars to do so. That was supposed to unlock a grant for the amount of $7800 that I would receive via Moneygram plus be reimbursed for the $250 in addition to the $7800. It all smelled fishy so I contacted you. Thank you.
Sincerely, Eric

Hey they just told me I owe $400 from 2012 and they said the job i work at but they wont tell me where the court room is and what day. They just said i gotta pay now cause the fbi got a warrant for me

I just received a call from a person saying he was from the IRS and that I owed 13,786 for tax fraud for the years 2010-2015. I admit I got pretty nervous until he said that I should make a 1,000 payment using the iTunes gift card. He said that I should make two payments of 500 and put it on two cards.

Once he said that, I immediately went to the irs.gov website and researched the scams information and it clearly stated that information regarding making a payment using gift cards and that the IRS would never ask for payment to be made using a gift card.

He even said that if I didn't make the payment the police would be at my door in 45 minutes. The IRS website stated that they would never call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill. Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

Please be CAREFUL, I almost fell for it.

I am too so Glad, cause yesterday I gotten a call for a $5000 approval and I called the guy back and he also told me he was from Advance Amercia Dot Com and telling I am approved for $5000 and that I need to get an iTunes gift card for $150.00 and I will get my $5000 into my bank account.. I almost fell into it cause I need the money but I gotten an eerie feeling when he was talking about the iTunes card.. I even asked why do you need an iTunes card? And he just changed the subject.. Wow!! People now days.. Smh..

I got a call from a payday loan and they said I was approved and then asked how much I was looking to get. I told them 1000.00. they said OK and deposited 2500.00 in my account and wanted me to send the 1500.00 to them on $500.00 iTunes cards. And I can keep the remaining 1000.00. the guy said not to tell people about the way they did the loan this way and if anyone asks that the deposits were made by me in my name to my account not them.I with drew all the funds and closed out my bank account.

Did you keep the money? Because they did to me and I don't know what to do.

If a scammer puts money in your account, and then reverses the deposit you will have to repay the money.

don't do it its a scam they got me good I did it twice I am so messed-up with my bank, I don't know what to do? I

Had the same con try to get me! It's so ridiculous I just laughed and hung up on them.

on yesterday I was scammed out of $230.00 I am devistated I was trying to get an emergency loan and they had me buy two different Itunes cards. They wanted more money and all of a sudden I no longer qualified.

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

Bridget, it's been recommended I attempt to get a lawyer for a similar scam as all of the above that resulted in a loss of $2500.00. I've already reported the incident to FTC, as well as iTunes, my bank, the stores where the cards were purchased, and the local police department. I wouldn't know where to begin with the type of lawyer. Do you have a suggestion?

Thank you.

If you're looking for a lawyer, you can use state-by-state list from the American Bar Association or visit this site from the State Bar Associations.

These people just got me for 500.00$ made my reports to every higher up person involved however what good does that do ? Nothing because I have not and probably will not be reimbursed for the 500.00they stole! However let this shoe be on other foot and let me be the scammer best believe I would be caught thrown in prison.

I feel these multi billion dollar companies such as iTunes should reimburse the victim just like the credit card companies and bank reimburse the victim who is a customer when there is fraudulent activity on bank accounts or credit cards ! It's B's that these companies do not honor their customers and reimburse them instead it's like they too also victimize the already victimized victim and don't care because they got the $ when their gift card was purchased!

So did I! Did u get your money back?

I wish I would have known about this site a month ago. I got taken for 600.00 dollars from Advance America for a online loan.Paid for the loan with I tune gift card's. I'm really stupid.

I'm sorry that happened. You can help law enforcement by reporting what happened. Go to FTC.gov/complaint and give as many details as you can about who called, what they said, and what you did. The information you give will help law enforcement with investigations.

You are just trusting and that was taken advantage of. Try to not beat yourself up anymore. I hope things are getting better for you. It's sad how we can't be trusting or kind those we don't know anymore.

A girl on Facebook sent me a friend request and I accepted it. Now a few days later she is suddenly in love with me and is asking me for an iTunes card for 50$i have never dealt with this kind of thing before and am very confused about it.Do these scammers stoop to such levels as to play on a single persons loneliness?? I need advice because I am about to go send the money. I have their phone number but they prefer to chat on messenger. PLEASE HELP!!!

This sounds like a scam. If someone you barely know and never  met asks you to send an iTunes card, don't do it. People will make up lots of stories about needing money or iTunes cards or help, but the stories are probably lies. If you send money one time, they'll ask for more.

Same happened to me. Guy chatted me up and asked me to buy him a $25 iTunes card so we could talk instead of text. Then he asked for another $50. Nope. Wouldn't do it and bam, he's gone!

Im so glad i found this blog i just got a phone call today for a grant and they told me it would be for $8,700 and they already had all my information and everything and they told me i can get it by going to buy a $200 itunes gift card and then i can pick up my money from a money gram at a nearby money gram store im really glad i found this blog

I just got a call from advanced america scammed me for 110 and then said they needed another 198 in order for me to get my loan

If you shared your bank or credit card account number and you don't want a company to take money or make charges, contact your bank or credit card company. Please report what happened to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

Yea did they deposit money in your account and have you send it back...i think they trying to get me right now

think I'm being scammed. Advance America sent me money and in hopes I would send it back for verification. They are telling me to use itune card to send the money back. Is this fraud?

DID YOU RECEIVE MONEY? how MUCH? THEY TRIED TO PUT 980$ IN MY ACCOUNT. WAS IT LEGIT MONEY?

This could be a scam. The only reason to buy iTunes cards is to shop at the iTunes store for music or digital goods.

If someone you don't know asks says they will give you money if you to send them iTunes cards, don't do it. Sending an iTunes card is like sending cash. If you tell them the code from the back of an iTunes card, they take control of the card. You can't get your money back.

just got a call from advance america. while on the phone I started to research their info and ran across this blog. So sorry for the people who got scammed. This is really hard times for people and it is a shame how people are taking advantage of other peoples hard times.

I received a call from the IRS that I owed 6,785.00 I was told to go buy ITUNES gift cards. Then instructed to scratch off the numbers and tell him. He said if I didn't pay the would put a warrant out for my arrest. All ready filed complaint with FCC. The number came up as 206-946-9656

This just happened to me today they got me for 350$

This just happened to me and they almost got 2,000. I couldnt even look up if it was a scam because they wouldn't let me get off the phone with them. If I did they told me they were going to keep my arrest warrant as it looked like I was running from the government.

If you told a scammer the codes from the back of iTunes cards, you could contact Apple Customer Support immediately to see if they can stop scammers taking the value of the cards.

Please report the call to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations. The details you provide help us track current scams.

I just got scammed for $9000 from the homeland security through itunes. I want my money back! How can I get it back!!

If you buy iTunes cards and tell someone the codes on the back, he can take the value immediately. The scammer might have already used the codes you told him.

You can contact Apple Support right away and ask them to stop anyone from taking the codes. If the scammer didn't use the codes yet, Apple Support might be able to help you.

Please report what happened to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. Give as many details as you want. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations across the country.

Bridget, I called ITunes support and All 10 cards were redeemed but 1. I am short 8500 now because I was being stupid. How can I get this refunded? iTunes can't refund and I doubt the 3rd party seller (grocery store) could reimburse. Could I get credit somehow? I am not giving up on getting my money back. I need some suggestions

I think you're saying you bought 10 iTunes cards, and the scammers used the codes for nine cards. You have one card that wasn't redeemed. When you give iTunes cards or codes to a scammer, he gets the value of the cards. You can ask Apple Support or customer support at the grocery store about refunds or credits, but they don't have the cards or card value to return to you.

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint so the information gets to law enforcement. When you report, the details go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations. You can provide details about the callers and what they said and other facts. You can also ask your state Attorney General’s office if they can help.

I got scammed for 1900, plus money out of my pocket, and have 2 bank accounts closed now cause of them. They said i qualified for a $5000 loan, and bla bla bla Fell for it. Apple should refund the cards we used in the scam, I'm on social security too.

You could call Apple Support right away at 1-800-275-2273 to see if they can disable any of the cards you bought, in case the scammer hasn't used them yet.

Please report this to the FTC's law enforcement database at FTC.gov/complaint. The details you give will help law enforcement investigations. If you can provide phone numbers or email addresses or other information about the scammers, and details about what you bought and where it can help.

Please help me I called that number but they are closed I I'm going crazy right now i told my family but it they said it's impossible until I read all this i I never give my info on line or over the phone so how did this happen? I don't want to blame this person I have been friends with for a month but it's so weird how he gave me a a target gift card today i had a bad feeling about this man but I don't want to blame him for this until I'm sure plead someone help me if u can soon as possible I'm

I got a. Call. Today and they got my banking info online banking Info too but he. Said if will put like 1000 in my bank account but .. Can't use it till I. Get a apple I. Tunes gift card and send it back and then 5000 will be in my bank account should I close my account and change my online banking info

Apple should NOT refund the cards you used in the scam if the thief redeemed them. You are saying Apple should spend their own money on a silly mistake you made. That isn't fair and isn't their responsibility. Why did you think paying with itunes cards didn't sound silly? That's a very clear scam and not one general people with common sense even fall for without looking on the internet. Next time look up the scam.

Just told to purchase a itune card for 200 dollar, to get a loan. Their # is 305 831-1917. Advance america. 18651 south dixie highway.

I'm glad you avoided the scam. Please report what happened at FTC.gov/complaint. The details you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

The comments you post here on the blog don't go into the law enforcement database.

 

Hi, did you get your money back?

tell me all about it, i think i can still help

Meet someone on dating website and I was hit by 5 scam s any way they didn't get any cash but this last one need iTunes to increase his intl calls to me. He said he uses them as credit for intl calls.is thus true?

The only place to use an iTunes card is at the iTunes store, to buy online music, apps or books.

I'm with you!!!! My friend was scammed with ITune Cards. Okay, she was an idiot and fell for it but here's what I don't get -- Doesn't Apple own ITunes? They are so secure they do not break the code on cell phones. They don't do it for the FBI or anyone. They're loyalty is to their customers.

1. I did not know that ITune Cards can be turned to cash 2. I thought they could only be used to purchase music, videos and stuff like that. Only use it on ITunes website. 3. How can scammers turn that into immediate cash? 4. If Apple knows about this - why haven't they done something to prevent it. 5. It doesn't happen with Visa, MasterCard or American Express? 6. Or do they like this because they make money. 7. My friend was told that they stopped it & they froze 5 accounts 8. Apple told him to take the cards back to the store and they would refund the money. 9. Store said no because they $ was not on the cards 9. If they stopped the transfer and froze the accounts? Who has the money? 10. The grocery store or Apple? 11. What is wrong with this picture? 12. Who is really scamming us? Can't stand thieves!!! It is the lowest anyone can go. Work for it like honest people.

You're right; iTunes cards are good only to buy music, books and other digital content. Scammers are probably getting money by selling the codes from the back of iTunes cards.

If you tell someone the code from the back of an iTunes card, but you call Apple Support immediately, Apple Support might be able to disable the code before someone uses it.

If that happens, the card/ code still has value. You can go back to the store that sold you the card and tell customer service staff you want a refund. You might have to look online for a corporate number for customer service if the local store won't help you. You can also contact Apple Support again to confirm that the card still has value.

It's also really important to report this to law enforcement. You can report to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint, and the information will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations nationwide.

Bridget, you mentioned in your comment to go back to the store the gift card was purchased from to get a refund. Many stores have a no refund policy on gift cards because the way they have to be loaded/activated for the customer. I've worked in retail for many years, and this has been the case with the stores I've worked for. We've had to refer customers to call our customer service or the customer service for the card.

Thanks for this information; we'll let people know they may need to contact the corporate customer service in addition to contacting Apple Support at 1-800-275-2273.

Bridget, ITunes rep was able to freeze the accts the iTunes $went into. Her money is in a frozen acct. why can't ITunes get it back.

If the money/ iTunes value is in someone's account, I think you have to work with Apple Support. Here's one number for Apple Support if you're calling from the US: 1-800-275-2273. You can also contact Apple Support online; you have to answer questions about the problem before you can connect to a person or chat function.

So it seems many people are experiencing this scam with I tunes. When will it be enough people before something is done about it???? I called Apple they pretty much stated they could not do anything and there was no one I could talk to about it other than the guy u get when u first get through. Surely they can trace the account the cards were spent at and stop the payment. It's bull. sure It's my fault I got sucked in but there needs to be more protection and more legal repercussions. I did file complaint with FTC but need more info and confidence on what is being done to stop this and on apples response to this.

Thank you for reporting this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The FTC and other law enforcement agencies can use the information you submitted for investigations.

If the scammer pretended to be from the IRS, you can also file a complaint with the Treasury Inspector General, which investigates IRS imposter scams.

 

 

All this scams orginates from india only. Moreover from cities like new delhi ahemadabad and mumbai i have personally seen such call centre doing technical support, payday and irs scams.

Bridget Small - FTC you keep asking every victim to report this to the FTC, but you and the FTC failed to advise the victims the Federal Government will not get back their money. When The FTC, IRS & other Federal agencies claim to prosecute or litigate civilly against any one involved in such scam or fraud, not a penny is paid to the victims or the public.The Federal Government is just making more money on already violated citizens.

You have been misinformed. While the FTC, like other law enforcement agencies, may not be able to fully recover victims' losses in all cases, it does return money to the victims.

Search the list of recent FTC cases that resulted in refunds on FTC.gov, and click on a case name. For example, in Direct Benefits Group refunds, the FTC mailed one round of refund checks in 2015. Because money still remains in the fund, the FTC is mailing an additional 23,000 checks totaling nearly $990,000. Or look at Oro Marketing, where the FTC is mailing 6,192 refund checks totaling over $1.3 million to people defrauded by a telemarketing scheme that targeted Spanish-speakers with false promises that they could make money by reselling high-end goods.

In addition to reviewing the list of FTC cases that resulted in refunds, you may also want to subscribe to FTC Press Releases, to learn about the cases and refunds as soon as they are announced.

I have contact whit scammer I bought 5 I tune's cards but I didn't not send the numbers of it ! Now I have the cards and don't know how to get money back . the store won't return the money and aple store dot even sell I tunes cards if anyone know how I can get my money back I will appreciate the info . thank you !!

If someone told you to buy iTunes cards 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.

Do not tell the codes from the back of the cards to anyone except a person you call at Apple.

Tell Apple what happened. Ask them to disable the cards so no one can use them. Ask Apple what to do to get a refund.

You can also go back to the store that sold you the card and talk with their customer service staff. Ask how to get a refund.

If you get more calls from someone who wants you to send an iTunes card, please tell the FTC.

The same thing happened to me. I find myself pretty smart but I fell for it and lost $6000.I was embarrassed that something like this happened to me. My goal now is if I could stop one person from this than that's what I have to do.

who are you talking to

They just did that to me put a 1000 dollars in my acct and guess what I kept it because the same guy out of New York got me a year ago so I just scammed the scammer

If someone has your bank account number, they can put money in and take money out.

A scammer might deposit stolen checks into your account, then withdraw the money or ask you to withdraw it and send it to someone. When the bank finds out there were stolen checks in your account, they will ask you about the transactions.

Did they report to the police because you didn't give back their money ? Cause someone in TX just call me today saying I'm qualify loan and they deposit $1980 to my account and ask me to buy iTunes gift cards what should I do ?

Sounds like a scam. Please report what happened at FTC.gov/complaint. The details you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

Recently i received a call from someone claiming to be a grant writer. They gave me a conformation number and stated for me to go to Wallgreen's and buy a i tune card. I stated why an i tune card , they reply was so make sure you are the person and not a robot. Therefore i did nothing because i knew they were scammers because, the phone kept hanging up every time i was asking questions.Here is the number 786-410-3027 his name is Mr Travis.

Thank you for sharing this story. Please report it to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

The messages you put here on the blog don't go into the database.

Then! It time to think about it now!!

What happens if they pay off your credit card from their own bank for example 5,000 then at 0 balance want you to purchase for them the same amount in iTunes gift cards with denomination amounts and scratching off the number. They don't want physical card just amount and number. What then ?

If someone you don't know offers to pay off your credit card account, and wants you to send money (or iTunes cards or iTunes codes) in return, it's probably a scam.

A scammer can say paid your credit card bill, or send you to a fake site that makes it look like he paid your credit card bill, or even pay your credit card bill with a bad check that bounces later. If it turns out that he really didn't pay your credit card bill, but you already sent him money, you've been scammed.

If you buy iTunes cards and tell someone the code from the back, he takes control of the card immediately. He can use it or sell it. Once he takes control, you can't get your money back.

I just got a job offer buying items and ship to address to be provide by the company but they have 2 weeks probation and to start working I need to process at least 8 orders and after that I going to be hired by the company, but what got my attention is that he told me that I need to have the companies credit card to do purchasing but will take 15 days to send it to me, if I can use my credit card they will pay the balance due and will use just what they paid and with that money to go and buy Amazon, Apple and ITunes gift cards, this right now its in working process, what should I do?

This sounds like a job scam. When someone you don't know says you should spend your money, and they'll repay you later, you're taking a big risk. This blog about scammers who use people to transfer money and merchandise tells more.

If you buy iTunes cards and tell someone the code from the back, he takes control of the card immediately. He can use it or sell it. Once he takes control, you can't get your money back.

I just got scammed out of $2,650.00. Man on phone kept me on the phone for 3 hours and said he was from IRS, gave me badge#, employee ID# and made everything sound very official. Told me to go to store and purchase iTunes gift cards as a Tax Payment Voucher. Like an idiot I did this and read him off the numbers. I was very upset about this and got on computer to check the iTunes site and contacted Apple customer support. They were very nice and checked the card number for one of the cards and it had already been redeemed. They told me they couldn't even stop the cards even if they hadn't been redeemed. Since customer support is aware of this scam, they should be able to do something about it.

I got a call that I have been chosen for 7500 dollar grant. Was told to call this number 559-342-0502 talk to a grant officer. So I called knowing this has to be a scam but to see how far they will take this. They told me to go get a prepaid Visa card put 250 dollars on it call them back give them the visa information and 250 dollars and my money will be western union to me. And my 250 will be refunded. Lol yeah right. Don't fall for this government grant scam.

I was called and offered a Federal Grant of $9,200 if I would go buy a reloadable iTunes card. I was supposed to put $210 on the card to "increase the limit" b4 I could get the $9,410. Don't fall for this. The # that called me was 206-731-9680, then I was told to call 315-203-3487. The scammers claimed to be from the US DHHS. Lol. I hope no one falls for this.

The # 901 491 5367 called saying I was approved for a 9,000 grant and that the money was waiting @ Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Told me to call 315 675 0323 and the scammer wanted me to purchase a !tunes card and get a $ code from CVS. I was skeptical and started looking online and found all of you on here! I'm so glad I followed my gut. They almost had me.

I almost fell for this just today! So glad I found this thread. Got a call from a Washington DC number (+1 (202) 666-6782). They said I needed to call another number (+1 (202) 666-6782). Said based on my demographics I qualify for a $9200 loan from the US Government but I need to go to Walgreens to purchase an iTunes card and then extend the balance. ALMOST followed through since I'm financially tight right now but decided to do a bit of research first. Thank goodness!

I received a call from a Chinese lady I'm sure with asian accent from 1 202-591-2180. She said I received a government grant of 9000 because i filed all my taxes and never filed for bankruptcy, in order to claim my grant that I need a confirmation code which is 2 letters and 3 numbers in order to receive my grant that "I never have to pay back" to call 646 475- 1606 a representative will pull up my file and tell me how to receive my funds in cash.

I asked her name she said Stefanie grey I ask the company she said u.s. government. I called a Chinese man directed Me to go to a rite Aid or cvs and call him back at the 646 number and he will direct me what card to buy to avoid taxes on my wire transfer from cvs or rite aid who if I use money transfer service like money gram or western union i will be charged a fee.

I kept asking what is the name of the card when I heard he spelled it out I as in ink T as in tom. It spelled out Itunes I was to load $250 onto the card then give him the code. The code will obviously be so he could receive the money and me lose my 250 bucks. I didn't fall for it! I'm posting this so no one does and be out there hard earned money.

There is no such thing as free money you don't have to pay back even if you win the lottery it is required by law taxes are paid on that. Don't fall for these scams I asked his name he said Jack Owens. Beware of these phone numbers. I Google Itunes scam hopefully this informstion saves someone.

Thank you for sharing your story. Please report this to law enforcement at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

I tried that with no luck the website is hard to navigate to submit a complaint.
I'm glad my posting has helped some innocent people who was at least smart enough to Google there numbers. It looks like they have new numbers that will try to scam from. I have not received any more calls like these I also use the block feature on my phone to immediately block those numbers after the attempted scam. These scammers won't stop until there behind bars. This is obviously there job when hardworking people are out at work. These scammer job is trying to scam. Let the keyword be TRY don't let them scam you. A word of advice if someone is loaning you money. your not required to pay anything before a loan that's why it is called a loan because you need money, not you pay money. Don't release any information to anyone asks you money if the scammer are pro they probably will try you again especially if you were caught once.

I got a call from these people but what is scary is they have all my information. My ssi address everything

My employee was contacted two days ago on her mobile from a number that started with 347 prefix. The scammer said she was from the IRS and she would call the courthouse if a payment wasn't made immediately for 7 years of back taxes not paid, about $9000.00. She had her walk to her bank, withdraw all her money ($3000.00), she walked her to 3 different stores, 7/11, Walgreens, and Jewel-Osco, a local grocery store and buy 9 ITUNES cards for about $450.00 each. The scammer was giving step by step instructions to my employee on where to go, turn left, turn right, clearly consulting a map, and maybe even accessing the GPS on her phone, as she reprimanded her for having walked into the bank as opposed to getting money from the ATM, shouting, "why did you go inside the bank?"

The news here is that Apple has an ITUNES BILLINGS AND FRAUD DEPARTMENT THAT WILL REIMBURSE YOU. It took us 3 hours to get THE RIGHT AGENT ON THE LINE because no one at Apple knew about this department. The iTunes department kept saying if the account has been emptied, there would be nothing they could do, even a supervisor knew nothing about their own fraud dept, but FINALLY, I was connected to a this department and they informed me that they not only do they reimburse for the fraud if you bought the cards in an Apple Store, they also reimburse you if you bought the cards elsewhere, and ask you to make both
a) a police report and
b) a claim to the CORPORATE OFFICE of the store you purchased the iTunes gift card.
Hopefully you have kept the receipts and iTunes gift cards, because they do need these.

APPLE will reimburse the iTunes gift card contractor for the store you bought the iTunes cards from, and they should then reimburse you. Walgreens had a very hard time with this concept, insisting they could do nothing, so I am still working on them, but Jewel Osco and 7/11 knew about the procedure.
Jewel Osco was the only one that said the money would be available for reimbursement in 72 hours! They were also very polite. All three gave me a claim number and filed a report so their specialists could call back in a few days. I will keep you posted

Hi Laura
Thank you for this information. I lost 4100. Only 1 credit card company reimbursed me. I called itunes who told me to call the head quarters of the department stores where I purchased them. They were no help. I will take your advice and try again. I am a Christian and praying for a solution.
Thanks

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

what is the billing and fraud phone number?

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).

I almost just got scammed by a caller telling me he was calling from the IRS and that I was going to be arrested because I owe back taxes!! He wanted me to go to a CVS or Rite Aid drug store and purchase a gift card in the amount of $400.00. I almost fell for it until I started searching the internet while I was on the phone with the guy. I found this site and hung up the phone on him!!! He told me I had to immediately get in my car and go to the store all while keeping him on line so he could verify I made the purchase and then give him the information from the car. This was so I could prove to the IRS I was trying to settle my debt of 3200.

Even better, please add a 16 digit number we can give these scammers that will send the police to their address

Some one called me she said I have been selected to get a free money grants from the government and she ask me to call "Emma green" so I called. Emma green wants me to go to the nearest Walmart and said call her back again when I'm in the parking lot so I called her again and she wants m to buy that iTunes gift card for $250 and after it I will give her the pin. So i didn't do it she was like are you sure u don't want to get your $7600 plus the $250? I'm like Y would I buy that card? Then she stay on line and I'm like you know what cancelled that application and etc. scammers will do anything and say anything just to make it look like it's legit hahah I spoke with Indian people

First time taking a loan out , a guy name Jason Martinez from cash advance was helping me with a loan. He wanted my account info I gave it to him. My loan was 3000 for a car , he knew my situation I told him this is my first time taking out a loan. He gave me his number and he wanted me to send a picture of myself for my file... So I sent a fake picture at first then I sent my real picture.

He told me he was giving me money well the government was 500$ so I can build up my credit , I had to go to Walgreens got two iTunes card put 400 on one n 100 on the other which he told me to do. I sent him the code n he said I was going to get me loan.

He calls again hours later he told me his boss said I didn't qualify but not to worry I needed a few points to get the loan cuz my credit . So he provided me another 500 $ to get my credit up , so bascially did the same process again.

I told him I saved all my reciets the iTunes cards everything , n he texts me n says can he get a picture but just for him I said no I called him n I yelled at him about what's going on he clicked on me . I called again he said I will get my loan of 3000 n every month I have to pay 100$ which I was going to do.

I feel like this is a scam because I have not received my loan. But I don't get it what did he get out of me . They gave me 1000 total I didn't spend it I just did what he told me to do I gave it back cuz he said something about if I take off with the money I'm in trouble. & I still haven't got my loan.

You gave someone your bank account number and your picture. It's possible they could use this information to take money from your account, or to commit identity theft. You can check your credit report for free, to see if anyone opened new accounts or did anything using your name.

If your credit report shows identity theft, go to IdentityTheft.gov. You can report identity theft and get help with fixing the problems caused by identity theft.

If there's a problem with the money he deposited in your account, you may have to repay it. For example, if he used a bad check to put money in your account, the bank will expect you to pay it back.

This FTC article tells you some warning signs of loan scams.

Cash advance told me I qualified for alone. And to put 229 on itune verification card. And money will be in account in 60 minutes. That sound like a scam

my case is slightly different. I applied for a loan of £3,000.00 they said the instalment would be £100 per month for 3 years. I said what's the catch.

To show I could repay the loan I need to buy a £100 iTunes card. I said what's that and he told me about it and where I could purchase, he then said tescos or Sainsburys. He said when I get the card to call them give them the number and that I should stay on the line whilst they take the number and I would see the monies sent to my account. He said when soon can I go to the shops I said that wont happen until end of the day. he says he's gonna call me today at 4.30pm when I said I finish work. His name is Mr Jack, indian accent contact number is 0208 144 2427 they have been calling me from yesterday. I called the number and they say there are loads of companies in the building. I wont be purchasing any iTunes card and I can see they will continue to keep calling me, but decided to check before I even decided to do anything because it was too good to be true. This is a very good site.

Thank you for sharing your story. To help law enforcement, please make a formal report at FTC.gov/complaint. You can give details about the call, and choose whether to identify yourself. The details help law enforcement agencies with investigations.

You can subscribe to recieve FTC scam alerts and consumer information at ftc.gov/subscribe.

So I met my boyfriend on a dating site and we got to know each other but a little later on he asked me to get him a credit card and I can't for reasons and we fought about it the later on again he asked me to get him a iTunes card and I said no and he said he needs it when I asked him why he never told me am I being scammed or can y'all help me

I got caught up in this iTunes scam and the joke is on me

Just to remind people, the IRS will never call you to demand money. They won't emsil you or text you, either. They use certified mail, and they will never accept iTunes gift cards for payment.

Anyone calling you and demanding to be paid via a gift card is trying to scam you. Hang up after you've gotten their information and then report it to the FTC, so they can forward along to law enforcement, including FBI, IRS, etc.

Also, Facebook is a data mining operation. If you don't need it for business, you're better off deleting your account.

My name is michelle and advance America. Took a hundred from me and told me that it will be on my card and wasnt .they have my lightbill and his name is mark wilson.

They call me today saying i had federal grant but the only way i can get this grant.... I had to get a 200 itunes gift card.... Don't u do it ppl its a scam... This is number they call from 347-772-8922

I just got a phone call about a suppose government grant of $9,400 that I was suppose to get through WesternUnion but I had to go buy a iTunes gift card with the amount of $250. The person on the phone told me to call her back as soon as I get the card so I had to give her the number. Total scam!!!!

I have a man who said he opened a bank account and in order for my debit card to be sent and activated i had to buy an itunes card amd semd it to his payroll person. Then i could have my $1500 allowance he was giving me.

I was a potential victim. Someone called me on my cell phone telling me that i was elegible for a $6,700.00 grant from the government! They gave me a number to call along with a confirmation number for my grant. I called the number & the representative told me that in order that claim my money I had to purchase an I-tune card I/a/o $250.00! I yelled this is a scam. I'm not paying anything for a grant. I hung up. This was actually the third time they contacted me. This time I had the time to call back and try to claim my grant. When I called back is when old me that in order to claim my grant I had to purchase an iTunes card for $250.00!SCAM!

I just received a phone call today from people claiming to be giving out 9,700 for grant money and i just signed up for school so I was convinced they were legit I almost went and spent the money and they told me I must go to my nearest Walmart and put 250.00 on a itunes card never if your receiving money should u ever have to send anything at all maybe somewhere to send it but never any money yes these people are real and I hope people can see from the beginning that these people are scam artist I just hope this doesn't happen to anyone else....

I tapped on a site not knowing it was a N. U. D. E. Site and now I have 12 hours to pay a fine I need help I didn't know what the word was and it was fake and set up and I have 12 hours to 100 dollars and might arrested I neeeeeed help

I was asked to purchase a iTunes card of $50.00 and scratch the back and give him the code.

I knew it must be a scam ...so I let em praddle on incessantly until I heard," iTunes card n $250 " I stated 'definitely a scam -do not contact me again! 2027908403 their number....I'm sure they have altered it by now! Sad thing is, lovely if it were true...Alas, not so.I kept asking what country he was ringing from....he said 'dc' yeah, I don't believe so . thank you for listening. Don't purchase these cards!

Hello I didn't use for order iTunes thanks let me know

well i fell for this i tune con 4 times from the same person.

he said he needed the i tune card to roam his phone to keep calling me. that same person sent me a check of 12000.00 wanted me to deposit it into my bank and send him the money

i didn;t do that i was out the money on the i tunes though. beware of stevelucero339            hes very good and truly loves you

my name is Rhonda I just got scammed by somebody from New York City and said that I had received a government grant for $7,800 and all I needed to do is get itunes card for 250 dollars at first he said 100 I went up and got100.00 I gave him the code he said there was a problem with taxes from new york to texas so I need to send another 150 dollars so I did that he give me another number to call this number was to the federal Reserve Bank in New York Citythe number he gave me is 1-631-485-4884 her name is Kelly bell so I called her at that number and she said I had to have a additional 500.oo dollars to be sent to her because there was a transfer fee from bank to bank . So I called my bank and ask them what the fee was. When I found out how much it was the red flag came up.so everyone please be careful with these government grants that won't you to put money on itunes cards. The other person name is henry william the number is 1-315-217-5563.

I had the same thin happen to me. Her name was Nancy Adams, then I got Sam Johnsons and Bryan Johnson.

I just receive the same call the grant was for 8000.00 but I needed the I tune card for 200.00 I was to give the code from the card to a lady name Jessica Wilson at 845-809-4651 and go to Western union call her back and give her the code she gave me. Once told me not to mention this to the western union folks I knew it was a scam

Same happened to me, first a guy called the asked me to call Jennifer at this number 3475350558 the lady asked for a $300 iTunes gift card, that's so annoying

i had the same thing happen to me by steve he got me for the itune he sent me the ch for 12000.00 yes how he loved me.

U really got the 12000

He got scammed 4 times obviously the scammer don't have 1200 to give him there robbing him his money. They send a check that he will have to cash at his bank. After the check bounces his bank account will be negative 1200. Don't do what this guy does he's gullable and has money to waste. Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.

Got a scam call from Alex Smith claim he was calling from the Federal Grant Department in Washington DC who transferred me to Nora extension 101 she told me in order to claim 9000 dollars I had to first purchase an iTune gift card for 250.00 to pay a registration fee. Beware of spending money to get money. Thats a sure thing that you will be ripped off left with nothing zero.

Thanks

They called me twice while I was trying to fill out my complaint to the FTC site. Is there not anyway to stop them? I'm getting tired of being harassed and threatened.

Block the caller and then put your number on do-not-call-lists

Do you honestly think scammers care if your number is on a "Do Not Call" list? Do you think thy care if they are breaking the do not call laws? That is like thinking criminals are going to obey gun laws...

I don't use iTunes but every time I try to use my iPad they pop up and want me to sign in. I have no credit card on file anywhere and I have iTunes turned off so what do they keep trying to get me to sign in. Please stop. I am not going to use them!

i got a call yesterday may 10, 2016. from a gentlemen saying he was with the irs the number is 202-792-8975. this is getting really crazy can some boby stop this

I got the same call from the same #. This is a scam.

Thats the same number they calked me with today. Did as directed to avoid warrants an jail.they wanted 3500.00 only paid 1k .Only an hr later i figured scam. As IRS would want paid by other than I Tunes

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement agencies use for investigations.

We have noticed this trend and are wondering, how do they convert the iTunes card into money? Sell them on eBay?

They don't there's no way to convert iTunes gift cards to cash, that's why it's super hard to get your money back when you buy the cards and give away the codes

Scammers can sell an iTunes code on the black market or a gift card exchange website.  If you buy an iTunes gift card or code at a steep discount, you risk getting something that doesn't work, and losing money.  And, you might be helping a con artist make money.

I run a municipal office of Consumer Affairs and regularly inform our residents about these scams and attempts at identity theft, as I am continually advised they are repeated regularly.

Unfortunately, most of the scammers use throw-away phones and disguise the true calling information so IRS, FTC and other government organizations cannot find and prosecute many of them. The callers are getting more abusive and their threats are a signal that they are trying to scam you. Merely hang up and try to report them to the proper authorities as both IRS and FTC have scam-reporting contacts. NEVER give any personal information to strangers and NEVER respond by using gift cards or Western Union payments. Also, NEVER cash a check sent you from an unknown source, as this is another way scammers get information for identity theft.

Yeah. This Itunes gift card thing is the newest scam. They claim to be with the US Government and tell you that you qualify for a 7800$ grant for the next 5 years. They get you to buy $500 gift cards for one payment after another and never actually let you get your grant money. They got me for over $2600. As a 66 yo. retiree now all my pension check money is gone and I will have to go to the bank to get a loan to pay my bills. These people need to be locked up!

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The details of what happened to you are important. Please add them to the database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

If so many people are being scammed with iTunes cards, how come you are not pushing itunes to let these unused cards be returned. My mother was scammed and now i cannot return or even re-sell the iTunes cards - nobody uses them any more and there is a glut. These were purchased at Toys R Us - they should accept returns.

If you gave someone the code on the back of the iTunes cards, you can contact Apple Support and ask them to disable the cards, if the value hasn't been used yet.

If the cards still have value, you can return to the store that sold you the cards. File a report with their fraud department, and ask the store for a refund.  You can also contact Apple Support and explain that you have unused cards and want a refund.

how is it that the scammers can easily use the itune cards to get your money but if you have them you can't do s . . . with them???

I have an app called Mr. Number that has helped me track the exact address of the number that the scammers called me from. I just found out more of the features of the app and it is great! I was scammed out of $1192 this year in July and now I know where they called me from. The numbers are or were 315-544-1301 for a "Mr. Neil Foster", and 315-288-8693 for a "Ms. Lia Lusher" they told me that they are located at 63 Liberty Street New York, NY. Well, I just went through my Mr. Number app and mapped them out to be located at 719 Alexandria Street Carthage, New York 13619. I hope and pray that the proper official US Government Authorities can help me get my money back. I can't get to these thieves as easy as they can. And I need to pay for a lawyer which I do not have money for.

Mine is a government grant organization n apparently I've been selected n crap n now they are txting me and I am pretty sure if it was really the government I'm sure the wouldn't be txting me and asking for an I tunes card or grams

I have been receiving calls from different "companies " some time 3 4 times from a diff. Far State, they usually ask if I need a loan, how much debt I have, and they told me that with their system I will reduce dramatic my debt in credit cards, them they ask me if I have cash or a savings account, I usually don't pay attention and hang up the telephone.

Other offered a "Grant" to buy a house, and ask a fee to be charge to my credit card of $29.95 for the first month and $36.00 for the next months service, If I receive a "Grant " denial them I call them and reimburse first month, and cancell next future payments.

What I really think is that scanners target specific people like Seniors, or somebody that really helps to purchase a house, rent,, etc. or need cash flow, they will offer "services" try to sell anything or invent anything to take money of people that really need help and with not good intentions, try to take out money and rip-off good citizens in need for help and assistant.

I warm my 3 credit bureaus And report a warning for somebody trying to access my record. Also I enroll in the Federal Trade program for warming advise. I think that we need to work more to Improve this area, because somebody "desesperate" can give info. or send transfer payments, or credit card number, waiting for a help that it will arrive. My regards, Thank you for your interest in this seriou situation.

A man contacted me by fb. He asked that I tell no one about him. And to use msg on fb.He goes by name Ogiebarret Barret. He claims to be from Uk. He wants me to send money to UK for personal inheritance. He becomes es extremely mad if I stall or say no to any requests for money to send to Guyana. He is also on romance scams.       only 7nder another name. Ladies beware of this romantic fool who will want to marry you 8n a week.

hello good morning my name is fernando g    i am from  nj    i am talking to anne haster she offer me i chevrolet suburban 2007 from the autoshop magazine i pay whit i tunes gifts the first times says by 6 i tunes $500 aech one by cash

and them she text me back she whants 3 more for ansurance to move the truck but i refuse to by more i tunes,and them on ebay page i have my order id 34505882757

i call ebay number informtion says i missing digit supose the truck by here on 3 days shipping

all this happens star on march 28 2016 and she offer more products because she is military and trying to go to brigade combat team back to south korea replaicing the troops scheduled to come home her phone number is 866949177 whit addres    piedmont, sd 57769  i trying to call back for more information but nothing

This sounds like a scam. When you give someone an iTunes card, they can take the money right away. Some criminals take your money and give you nothing.

You say you found the car in a magazine. You could make a complaint to the magazine and ask for help. If you found the car  online, you can make a complaint to the website customer service. You can make a complaint to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give to FTC goes to other law enforcement agencies.

You can make a complaint to the FTC in English or Spanish.

This is a scam. Do not purchase the ITunes Gift Cards. We just found out the person who was trying to sell a car to my son has already scammed others. I'm sure it's not even the person's name but the name they're using is Selena Nolan. And she's selling her dead husband's Maxima for $1500. Somehow it ended up at Ebay. We were told to buy a ITunes Gift Card and load $1500. Then we had to email the 16 digits and a copy of the gift card to her. Since it sounded so strange we decided to research and look online. That's when we saw the full FAKE story online about Selena Nolan. PLEASE BEWARE. Always be suspicious especially if they want you to purchase using gift cards. It doesn't even make sense!!!

I wish I knew I was also scammed by Selena Nolan same story this has to stop I'm on disability

Beware of calls from loved ones in a distraught state saying they are in jail or something similar. These scammers have an answer for everything, after I was convinced I had been speaking with my grandson who needed $4000 for bail was given instructions to buy ITunes gift cards in $500 increments. I was so emotional by then I did as they said. Only after completing the transaction, and my mind was at ease did I start thinking clearly and within a few minutes realized I had been scammed. Too Late!! Cannot recover from Apple Store or Credit Card company as I had willingly given the information to the scammers. In hindsight there were red flags all over the place. I prided myself on being aware of phone scams and email scams, etc., this episode took over my emotions, again, BEWARE!!
Called the telephone number given to me in the process and it was answered "San Antonio Police Dept.", which I know is easy to do. Understand that scammers use throw away phones so they can't be traced. I called the number this morning and to my surprise it was answered by Capt. John Rockfield the number is 1-888-539-6917.
He was the person I was in contact through the whole episode. Didn't go into all the details, but they were very slick, had all the basis covered. All I know to do now is spread the word as best I can in hopes of helping someone else from falling victim, check your emotions, and THINK!!.

Thank you for sharing your experience. Scammers may pose as relatives or friends, calling or sending messages to urge you to wire money immediately. They’ll say they need cash to help with an emergency — like getting out of jail, paying a hospital bill, or needing to leave a foreign country. Their goal is to trick you into sending money before you realize it’s a scam. For more information, please see (and share), Family Emergency Scams.

And for a variation on this scheme, check out Attention Grandparents: Watch out for phony debt collectors.

They might have got all your info from Facebook. Please make sure your Facebook us locked down by making all your pictures,friend list,and about either private or just family and friends. That is probably how they knew your grandsons name.

It is sad we still have these

I was scammed for 200.00 dollars. on a I tune card. Is there any way I can redeem my money refunded to me.

If you use an iTunes card to send money, it's like sending cash. The person who gets the card can take the value immediately. If you want a refund after you give a card, you have to ask the person you gave the card to.

Hi Bridget,

I just got a call from one of my friend who was tricked in to this scam. He already did send few iTunes card numbers to these people and they are asking him to do for $1500 more.
My friend does not have any idea on what's happening and he called now which is when i told him that this is a scam and do not call them again. They are trying to call him and they will surely respond to him if he calls them now. I asked him to file a complaint. But we would like to know if there is any way we can trick them to get his money back or get their details so the police can catch them? Please point us in a direction here.

They have been calling from different numbers and the latest number they want him to call is 646-627-9389.

If you use an iTunes card to send money, it's like sending cash. The person who gets the card can take the value immediately. If you want a refund, you have to ask the person you gave the card to.

You friend can report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint, and give as many details as he can. The details help law enforcement investigations.

If the scammers said they were calling from the IRS, your friend can also report to the Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA) at 800-366-4484.

Bridget,

Thanks for responding. I happened to be part of the conference call with these scammers yesterday when my friend invited me to join and they said they are calling from Federal Government Reserve Bank New York and used the New York number 646-627-9389 and before this call it was from 315-217-5098. They said that my friend was picked up along with other 100's of survey participants and were the winners of "The American Recovery and Reinvestment" Act of 2009 (ARRA) grant and is one of the lucky winner for ~$9,000 sweepstakes amount.

My friend remembers taking a survey related to how satisfied he was with current president Mr. Barack Obama or something similar few months back. I asked him to find the survey request email he received but he said he might have deleted and he could not find it. I believe the email that he received may be from these scammers.

I wanted to hear all the crap they talk so we kept on listening to their story. By then they have already redeemed the iTunes store card my friend provided earlier and they said that his money is currently with Virginia state secretariat. When asked why, he said they are the one who will release the grant. He continued saying that since my friend's bank account does not currently have 15% of the grant he is going to receive which is a minimum (not sure why), he said my friend will need to transfer $1500 more worth and after which he will then in total receive all the money at once and will get deposited instantly.

I kept on asking questions to see what else they got. When he insisted on why I have trouble believing him, I have requested him to kindly return my friends money and then we would be able to believe him and he said he cannot which is when I started scolding them and he hung up. These guys had south Asian accent and they are actually multiple people doing the same thing and I was able to hear all their voices in the background.

I just cannot believe how my friend fell for this crap. I asked him to file a complaint at FTC.gov/complaint with all the details.

Please let me know if there is anything else you would like us to do. I sincerely hope they get caught soon. Thank you!

Thank you for letting us know the details of the call. Your comments will help people who read the blog, and help us with education.

I hope your friend will report all this at FTC.gov/complaint, and to the wire transfer company and his bank, if the scammers got his bank account number. He doesn't need to give the FTC his personal information if he doesn't want to, but the details of the scam are important to law enforcement agencies for investigations.

If your friend shared any personal information (bank or credit card numbers, social security number) with the scammers, he can go to IdentityTheft.gov and get tips on how to protect his information. He can also alert his bank and credit card company and ask them how to protect his accounts.

Also, please warn your friend that scammers often sell the names of their victims to other criminals. He may get more calls and emails with scam pitches, or even offers to help him "recover" the money he lost. Those "recovery" calls are really scams in disguise; don't send money to get money.

I had the same incident calling from the same number saying his name is Max William I confronted him cause I relieved after I sent $810 and now he is telling me I have to wait til next year taxes to get my money back. So now he keeps calling my phone even when he's on block r rejected leaving voicemails..

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

So I got a caLloyd yesterday from a person who sounded Indian and called me on a private number. He told I have been pick by the federal government to give me a $9,000 free. I know things like this don't happen like that. So he give me his agent number 1(202)7805594 which was from Washington DC. I called that number and it was a lady, she sounds so convincing and confident in what she's telling me.

She said i all I had to do was to get an iTunes gift that was supposed to be but I had to pay $249 to activate the card and then I could get my money. I told her I dont have a credit card on purpose and as soon as I said that, she said do you have cash and I was like no. So she then told me to call back when I got the money.

Asked her to provide me with website of what she was telling me and she said federalgrant.gov and with the kindividual of person I am I have to research first and find what I need to know. It sounded so good in my ears and I even told them this soundsemester like a scam and too good to be true. She went on saying the federal government pick people base on certain things. But I'm glad I didid not go through with it but instead I stumbled on this website.

Wow same exact person same exact number called me with the same story

after being declined for a bunch of loans, I was desperate. I got a call saying i was approved. They sent me a payment and asked me to send it back to prove the account was active. I was wired 450 and sent back 500. He said the extra would be added to the loan. Then I was asked to send another 130 for taxes because the loan was over 2000. I was wired another 450 and told the rest would be in there by the end of business day. On Monday i checked my account and saw that two checks were deposited as the "wires". The checks were from a couple in Montana and "signed" by me. I immediately went and canceled my back account. Since I got a few harassing emails from this "john smith" saying that someone like me doesn't deserve a loan because i 'took' his money.

for the past two months these people have been calling me and saying that i have some money from the government. that i earned this $9,000 for being such a good citizens and for me to collect the money i needed to get the iTunes car and then providing the numbers on the back of the card and then after that in 5 minutes they will deposit the money back in my account they just want to make sure that I was the right person. but after I give her the numbers she said it was something wrong that I need to buy another iTunes card and then they will give me the whole money back that's what I said this is not right. you guys are doing fraud. because this is illegal and he got really upset.and hang up the phone on me, and then he call 2 minutes after and said veronica think right, you almost there just buy that other iTunes for $495 and you will get all your money together. after that I when directly to the chase bank, and I realize that it was a fraud but it was too late they already got my money.this are that numbers (646)000-1312 (206)823-3077 (646)632-2394

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

Call apple support and have the cards disabled if they are not redeemed to fraudulent accounts. Doing so may help with getting a refund from the store front depending on their policies.

My 91 yr old father was scammed to purchase $2,000 in iTunes cards to help a relative. Before the scammers were given the codes the family found out an stopped the fraud. Now Apple or CVS (where the cards were purchased) refuses to refund my father for the iTunes cards. Other than just report a complaint is there a way for the FTC to help my father in this situation? We can provide the receipt, police report and the detective's phone # if that would help.

Apple Customer Support may be able to help you get a refund from the retail card seller. You could contact them again and explain that you have a receipt and police report, and that the funds are on the cards.

When there are funds available on a card, but a retailer refuses to refund, Apple Customer Support may bring the matter to third parties who can contact the retail card seller about the possibility of a refund. 

And yes, please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The details you provide - for example, about the scam call, your report to police and seeking a refund - will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

The scam: post car on Craig's list. Then once you show interest they send you a link with more pictures and request your eBay info so they can "initiate the sell using eBay buyer protection". An invoice is sent to you from what seems to be a legitimate eBay Motors source with an invoice. Telling you to buy iTunes gift cards to pay. The Max is $500 on a card so they're kind enough to tell you how many you need to buy. Things to watch for: 1) Craig's list and eBay have no connection. 2) eBay does not accept iTunes gift cards as payment. 3) iTunes gift cards are not used for purchases outside of iTunes. This is all a scam. Please don't fall for this. Be very cautious when buying online. People are out there who will take advantage of your trusting nature and kind heart. There aren't a lot of resources to help you after the fact (once you fall for it).

This is true. Almost happened to my son today. Luckily we were suspicious and did a bit of online research. Thank god for sites like this. I am grateful people are posting their stories because it saved my son. I hate that scams are seeming so real. Using Ebay really made it look legitimate. I wish Ebay would shut scammers out! Watch out for the name "Selena Nolan". If you here this name it's a scam.

This eBay motor scam is also an offer up.

Was taken for a Romance scam on the website "Tinder" by a guy name Matthew Graham Johnson claiming to be a US Combat Medic in Syria for the US Army. iTunes cards, military service leave and air fare. Very smooth talker. I am a Christian and he knew the Bible well. Will pry on loney women . Used a woman to pick money I wired to a bank account in NY. Please don t fall for these scams. I am not only ashamed and embarrassed but out of $1000 s of dollars. Trying to recover from financial debt. Reported to all agencies and have not gotten a response except for a file # for reports filed ,

I too was scammed today from a company that I have been in a dispute with for the last six months about a refund.

I was told to purchase 4 Itunes cards for $500 each and then the amount they owed me plus the amounts I paid would be loaded to the card. I should have followed my first instinct not to do this, but figured they were finally going to do something about the refund since I had made a complaint to the BBB, the FTC and FCC along with the Attorney General of New York.

Fortunately I was able to contact my credit card company to close this account and stop the charges, but I'm afraid they may already have gotten their money. I have filed another report to the FTC about this company. Beware if anyone from LiveTechOnCall calls about computer support, hang up. It's a ripoff!!!

Thank you for reporting your complaint to the FTC. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

Hi Guys, Recently i have received a call like they he told calling from us ferderal verification department.he took lot of money from through itunes.his name david his no is :518-300-3861

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The details you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

A family member recently purchased $3000 in iTunes cards via this scam but luckily did not transfer the card numbers to the scammer. This has been report at the FTC complaint website. What is our best course of action towards getting our money back?

You could contact Apple Customer Support. They may be able to help you get a refund from the retail card seller when funds are still on the cards. Apple Customer Support may ask you to provide a police report and other documents, like a receipt for the cards. Apple may not make refunds directly, but may refer you back to the retailer, and work to contact the retailer about a refund. Please write again if you have questions about this.

Thank you for reporting this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The details you provided will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

They just called and got my wife all worked up and in tears! Thought she was going to get arrested if she hung up and was on the phone for 45 min before they tried the ITunes gift card scam. They said it was the IRS and the call was being recorded. Phone number was 206-823-3341. Luckily she didn't give any information.

I read to report to the ftc....how would I go about sending them emails I received? I am out of $500.... scammed on a check loan company. They keep sending me emails with threatening to take me to court in Texas....even sent me a picture document of case and everything. It was two people I sent money (iTunes cards) to but get emails form others saying they are filling charges.

This just happened to my fiance. A gentleman by the name of Eric Willis called him & told him he was approved for a $9480 Federal Grant. He alleged that he worked for the government. In order to transfer the money, he alleged that my fiance had to pay the tax on the amount he was promised. I knew right away it was a scam, but we are getting married in 2 months & my fiance was hoping to buy our honeymoon with the money. Anyways, 2 payments later & the guy is still calling him telling him that if he just pays one final payment the money will be his. I can't tell you how disappointed & embarrassed my fiance is. These people will stop at nothing to get any amount of money.

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations nationwide.

i did !

This just happened to me about 2 hours ago. They called me this morning saying they were from the Investigative Division of the IRS. Eric Martin was his fake name I am guessing. The number they called from was from New York 347-441-6413. They said I owed them $8000 due ASAP or I would go to jail for 5-7 years and they had a warrant for my arrest. Then I got an incoming call from a +1911 number looking like the 911 number. They said they were the police and had a warrant for my arrest. I told them I was on the other line with the IRS trying to resolve the problem. I do owe the IRS money but I am on a payment plan. They said they needed all of it ASAP. I was scared because of the fake police call. I proceeded to talk to them and they said they could resolve it if I paid it in full today. I agreed. I had about $4k in my bank account and would borrow the rest. They said that was agreeable and would call off the police warrant. I was relieved but still scared. I thought it was strange how aggressive they were. Then they gave me instructions how to give them the money. ITunes gift card purchases were the method of payment. I thought it was strange but I was still scared of going to jail so I did it. I took $3500 out of my bank and bought 7 different ITunes gift cards from different locations and gave the guy the code on the back. They pressured me to get $4500 more to pay off the balance but I didn't have it so I said I had to borrow it from my family. They made me drive to my parents house 2 hours away while being on hold with them. Apparently so I couldn't call or ask anyone's advice about what was going on. I did. I started to think about what if this was fraud. When I got home, before I asked for the extra $4500 I was going to make them verify some info, like my social or my correct address. They had my old address and not even the one I filed taxes under. I was super suspicious then. I hung up on them despite my fear of being arrested. I called the local police and asked if I had an outstanding warrant and they said no. I explained my situation and they said it's a common scam. I tried calling
The IRS but their hold times are outrageous and its past closing time for them. I figured out finally I was scammed out of $3500. I am on the phone with Apple to cancel or close out the ITunes purchases. I hope they honor my request. I will report this to e FTC as well. I tried calling the police dept but they are closed as well. Be careful out there people. They have elaborate ways of scaring the hell of you.

So this morning I received a threatening call from someone who claimed to be from the IRS. She told me a warrant was issued for my arrest for $3,742.00 in taxes that I owed and that local IRS agents were going to be at my house in the next 45 minutes if we were not able to resolve the situation. I panicked and told her I am a law abiding citizen and this is a mistake.

She proceeded to tell me that the arrest warrant would be lifted only if I made a payment of $1000 right away and to not hang up the phone or tell anyone about what was going on or they would not lift the warrant. I began to cry and let her know I am pregnant and also have a small child at home and that I do not have that kind of money (being a single parent) so she pretended to put me on hold and returned to let me know her investigator will let me send a $250 payment right away so they will know I'm "loyal" and then we would set up a payment plan.

I agreed and asked her how do I make the payment. She made me stay on the phone with her while I got my child in the car and drove to the atm to get the money. (note that it was STORMING outside the entire time) when I had the money She then told me to go to Walgreens and get a "tax pay voucher" also to let her know when I pulled up to Walgreens..red flags started to fly as she kept talking. I asked her if this was a scam and she assured me it was not. I once again told her of my pregnancy and small child.

When I pulled up to Walgreens she told me to get an ITUNES gift card and do not tell the employee that it for for a tax pay voucher because walgreens would charge an extra $50 to do it that way. I automatically went off because I knew then for certain I was being scammed. I cursed the lady and then told her I was calling the IRS and police and reporting her. She hung up on me and when I tried to call back multiple times it was no answer.. Please please please people be aware. And please keep our elders aware of what is going on also. I hope all of these people are caught and prosecuted for what they are doing. They are vicious.

Thank you for sharing this story so other people can be aware. Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The details you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

The comments you put here on the blog don't go into the law enforcement database.

She must have called me right after you! I got the same thing and they told me to stop crying as any backlash in could be deamed disorderly and they would send someone to my house in 45 minutes. I'm so sorry this happened to you.

This happened to me today. I really didn't think I would fall for something like this! They were very convincing and pushy. When it came to the point of driving to a target to get iTunes cards I told the that is was in the parking lot looking for scams to double check there legitimacy. I finally hung up. But the warrant threats, loss of social security privledges and that the "government thinks I'm avoiding back taxes" was in hindsight outrageous.

I just got called and was offered $9,000 as a loyalty grant for paying my taxes and bills for so long. I was told it was a reimbursement for doing so. I was given conf code and a phone# to call and give that code (202)792-9782 When I called Angel at EXT 107 said I needed to purchase an ITunes card for $260 then proved the 16 digit code on the back of that card. Once that code was provided then the $9000 would be released via moneygram within 45 minutes. Soon as I got off the phone I googled this and immediately found this site. It's so sad that this is going on and that lots of people have been duped. If it sounds too good to be true... It probably is.

I am tight with the buck, I think that I have at least average common sense, that said, I am really stupid. Got scanned for $2,000. ITUNE cards 6/15 and nearly lost an additional $3,000... The "STORY"; Grandson calls, in jail and needs bail, there goes $2,000. Then need 3K for attorney fees. Clerk asks me if I am being scammed when buy the 3K ITUNE cards, and I say no, I know what I'm doing... Stopped and thought about it after I bought the 3k cards. Grandson is not in jail, called APPLE trying to get the 2k in cards voided, forget that, called credit card company to deal with APPLE, no good, reported incident to local police.. Now I have SIX $500.00 ITUNE cards, store will not take them back.. Need to try APPLE again to see if they will void them and make some reimbursement ...... HAVE A GOOD DAY

I"m sorry this happened to you. You can contact the fraud department of the store that sold the cards to you. Tell the fraud department you want to file a report, and want a refund.

You can also contact Apple Customer Support. Apple Customer Support may be able to help you get a refund from the card seller. You could contact Apple again and explain that you have a receipt and police report, and that the funds are on the cards.

Please report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The details you provide - for example, about the scam call, your report to police and seeking a refund - will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

Hi im terrie just got scammed out of 3000 !!i was trying to get a personal loan and the girl wgo called had me use itune cards for wiring transfers for loan app for stae and federal taxes and on and on

i ask for my money back they told me i had to purchase another itune card to pay for my money to be sent back to the bank that didnt happen they called me back after promising me that my funds would go back to the bank they asked for abother itune card for 600 hundred for all the paperwork to be put back together and signed off

so all together i apent 3000 on itune cards !!! They will not give me back my money they say there address is consumer loan dept 800 w 17 th st washington d.c 20006 there number is 1 209 644 2221 ask for rodger or nicole or mark or rick or nelson one of them will scam you !!! Im a honest person on s.s.d get very little income its my fault for going with it but i really did need the 3000 to pay my taxes now i might lose my house which is paid off !!!

Please file a report with the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you put in your complaint will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations. You can enter the address, phone number and names that the scammers used.

The comments you put here on the blog don't go into the law enforcement database.

If you're having trouble paying property taxes right now, you could contact your local government and ask if they can help you with a payment plan. If you need to pay state or federal income taxes you can contact those tax offices and ask about a payment plan.

Bridget,

Apple knows that their iTunes gift cards are being used fraudently in this way -- in effect, they are laundering money -- but they do nothing to stop it. What is their responsibility/liability in this?

Thanks,

MarkS

We appreciate your concerns, but cannot comment on any entity’s possible responsibility or liability in connection with such a scam.

Totally agree with Mark S. The fact that they sell $500 iTunes cards says they are complicit. There is nothing to buy with these cards anymore - a song costs $1 and most people use streaming services. It is totally outrageous

I received a call stating I owed the IRS $6000 and I needed to pay immediately or else an arrest warrant would be issued. They instructed me to leave my job and go to my car for "privacy reasons", then instructed me to immediately drive to the nearest pharmacy and purchase an I-Tunes gift card. This seemed very strange, so I asked for the IRS regulation number authorizing the IRS to collect via I-Tunes. The foreign scam artist got very aggressive and kept threatening me with arrest. I called him some few choice curse words and hung up the phone. They immediately called me back and I hung up again.

they call me today and they want me to pay them 1000 for goverment for my SSN and the government only see but can not do anything.

If a lots of people get trap like me who can help them or if they kill themself because of trust a nation in there have the laws and rules that can help people live a good life and good work to have money to servey there family....But nothing like ex:if someone try your name do do bad thing you hear it but you did not do anything to stop that event you have the power in your hands so you will stop or let them do whatever they want to do to trick people around you by your name (lucky my nam is not government)

I cry to much lastnight so now I do not have tears so I only say I will try to get some job and rebuild money for all my bills. Again I FEEL so upsad why nobody help me. DO YOU FEEL reproachful when you have powers in your hands but you just sit there and can not do anything ( I guest)i have no money to pay for my bill now GOD help

My son just got ripped off by the IRS and iTunes gift card scam for $2300. Called Apple iTunes and they said they could not share information about who is using the cards but have the information on file.

When I continued to press, the supervisor stated that they can only release the information to law enforcement. As we all know you need an iTunes account to use iTunes gift cards, why can't the FTC or IRS ask for the information from Apple and follow up with who is accessing the funds?

Since most of the calls are threatening, doesn't it fall under extortion? The electronic transactions can be traced. Even if the cards were used to purchase specific products from iTunes store, they can all be traced and accounts disabled.

Please ask your son to report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information he gives will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

I agree apple should be forces to turn over that info! They did the same thing when they refused to help the FBI with a known terrorist crime on our country's soil. We as Americans should boycott Apple. Instead the issues get pushed under the carpet and our $ keeps lining their pockets

The same thing happened to me yesterday they took out 200$ out of my iTunes gift card,Is there any possibility of me getting it back please help me out I'm stressed out.

If you tell someone the code on an iTunes card, he can take the value from the card immediately. If you think maybe the scammer didn't use the value yet, contact Apple Support and ask them to disable the cards so the scammer can't use it.

If the scammer already used the value, the money is gone. It's important to report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

- I just got scammed by some one in Sanfrancisco the scamers told me that iam tax defaulter and pay 2000 dollars now otherwise they will arest me and put me in a jail then i purchased 2000 dollars worth itune gift card but i did not give them the code of cards and even not scrached the cards i go back to cvs for refund my cards but they said they did not refund that cards please any one to help me to how can refund these un used cards and get my money back

You can contact Apple Support. Tell them that you have the cards, and the codes were not used. Ask them for help with a refund. Also, go back to the store and talk to the customer service department. You might have to look online for a customer service department email or phone number for the business. Tell them you have the cards and the codes and you want a refund.

It is also very important to report this to the FTC. Go to FTC.gov/complaint and explain what happened. Include all the details you have. The information will go into a database, and law enforcement agencies look at that information.

If the store or Apple will not help you, please send another comment. Your comments help other people know what scammers are doing.

I called apple support they told me that it is refundable but you didn't buy these card from us thats y we can not regund it you purchased itune hift card from cvs and your money is in cvs regester so they will returend it but cvs not ready to refund they told me contact with apple please any one help me this regard my cards are un used and un scrached so what can i do for got my money back

You might have to contact the customer service department for the company if the local store will not help you. You can ask Apple Support if they can give you proof that the cards have value if that is what the store wants.

I hope you did report this to law enforcement at FTC.gov/complaint. Your story will help law enforcement know more about this scam, and help with investigations.

This FTC article tells more about making a consumer complaint.

You might use social media to tell your story. Many companies have people who look at the public posts and complaints about their service that appear on social media pages. Your post will be most effective if you use a reasonable tone and explain the problem clearly. To avoid negative perceptions, the company may respond quickly to your problem.

You could contact your local media’s call for action line.

On Monday I got scam from the IRS they made me buy some iTunes cards 6 of them $500 each I gave them $3000
So iTunes it's not doing nothing about all these scamming is there a way we can sue iTunes ? For all these that is happening

But it's not ITunes fault, they aren't responsible.

My husband was taken for $4000.00 in iTunes gift cards. Scammer were threatening him over the phone. He was scared and not thinking straight. No chance in getting our money back said the police.

Omg how sad I had never heard about these before that's why I was so confused and the bad think is that I was by myself nobody to talk to

Yeah, my husband fell for this yesterday, got the message, figured he'd "handle it". $1800 in ITunes gifts cards, they got 3 of the 4 cards cashed before my husband was able to get to Apple. Hopefully because he used the American Express card and they are launching a fraud investigation, maybe we won't owe that on our credit card. And he IS still alive but I could kill him especially since we get probably 2 of those messages a week and I have told my husband previously to leave the answering machine alone since he listens to messages, doesn't write them down and then forgets to tell me. I also have worked for attorneys my whole life and was AT my office yesterday when he decided to go ahead and buy those cards because of the threat of being arrested. The worst part? I was laid off from a 15 year job with an attorney because the IRS had levied his bank account my paycheck came out of, then levied what he thought was an unknown account. I used to tell my husband all the time about the agent coming to the office, about the bank levies, the registered mail. Yet he went ahead and caved to some jerk on the phone and didn't even call me. I could kill him.

Since this scam has been going on for years using iTunes cards. One would think that Apple with all of their computer skills would be able to set up a program to monitor any large consecutive redeems into an account. 2k, 4k, 10k redeems in a matter of minutes. Not normal and they should be able to be flagged as suspicions.

Retailers should also have warning signs telling of these scams posted where these types of cards are sold to help protect the consumer. Speaking from my own account of being scammed for $4000.00 going for another $6000.00 when the manager of the seconds store came out and told me of the scam.

She made it a policy on her own to get managers approval on any large gift card purchases. When speaking with corporate I said she should be commended and asked why this was not a corporate policy at all stores. Find it hard to believe that Apple cannot trace the money or I.P.s of these scammers. They have to lead somewhere.

Thank you for sharing your comment. Please also report this to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

The comments you put here on the blog don't go into the law enforcement database.

Bridget, do you work for the FTC? If so, could you please contact me? I am an attorney in NJ. Thank you.

This page explains how to contact the FTC.

My sister works in administration of a large well known pharmacy. These cards are sold there.

They post signs advising people of scams.
They verbally warn them of scams when people purchase larger amounts.

Most of them do not listen and have a "what do you know" attitude before hanging themselves anyway.
Stupid is often engrained and not so easily cured....

Advance Cash America sent me an email talking about I owed them 986 dollars from August 2013. I sent in an email saying I would pay 200 they wanted an iTunes gift card from Apple their partner company. I could not pay so they sent an email talking about they was going to file a lawsuit against me for small claims court they have emails that I had sent saying I would pay. Now they sent another email talking about they will seize my bank account. And sue me. I sent another email trying to make arrangements. A few hours later I looked at my bank statement there company was not on it.

If you’re not shopping at the iTunes store, you shouldn’t be paying with an iTunes gift card.

Please file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

My 85 year old mother was scammed for $4,000. I young man called her, claiming to be her grandson (my son) and said that he was in the Dominican Republic and that he was in trouble. He begged her not to tell me (his mother)and that he needed the money right away because he had been in an accident. My mother, being a kind person, helped out her "grandson" to the tune of $4000 to a scammer. He said he needed the money in itunes cards.

People beware that there are low life scumbags out there preying on kind, old people claiming to be loved-ones in need.

Apple needs to step up to the plate and reimburse every single one of the people that have been ripped off by this scam! Apple is a multi-billion dollar corp and should be held liable for not putting better controls on their products - especially after there have been several hundreds (if not thousands) of complaints.

My mother has spoken with an Apple rep and the local law enforcement (and has a case number). So, she is taking the necessary steps she needs. Apple needs to also start taking necessary steps to keep this fraud from hurting individuals and protect those who do not ways and means to recover from this loss.

This isn't Apple's responsibility. This is happening with all gift cards. Don't blame one company for something that isn't their fault. It's the system of gift cards and people who fall for it without "thinking" about how silly the situation is.

So if someone runs a scam using United States Postal Service money orders would you blame the USPS for not stepping up to the plate and reimbursing people?

I just got scammed buy Facebook contractor saying they can reactivate my account for 200$ but only through itune card. Still not back on. Bastards

Person that posted several messages ago is correct store does not refund on prepaid cards. We have a sign warning customers of scams but people are notorious for not reading what they buy. We have started asking customers when they buy iTunes cards if they know the person they are sending to and we tell them of the scams going on. Sometimes they listen and thank us a few claim they know what they are doing and buy them anyway.

There are a lot of complaints from people who state the vendors of the cards should be responsible for the fact they got suckered. They complain there should be "protections".

There are "protections". It's called common sense. The vendors are not the ones at fault. Period.

i was contacted by a loan company after i filled out a pay day loan on tapjoy, he had all my info including ss and bank info, said i qualified for a loan up to 10k i said i can use 3000. he said there is an insurance co that will guarantee loan since there is no cosigner, its at 6% interest, 24 month loan and it cost $160 to be paid by itunes, i asked why itunes he said because its instant . i checked into them more, they have a website pbc bank, pbcloans.. is this legit?

Sounds like a scam. Please report what happened at FTC.gov/complaint. The details you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

Same here in NJ approved 5000 dollar loan but they need $250 I tunes card to cover fdic insurance I case I default on payment

I just got scammed 1.400.00 can any one help me how I get this money refund

You could contact Apple Customer Support. They may be able to help you get a refund from the retail card seller when funds are still on the cards. Apple Customer Support may ask you to provide a police report and other documents, like a receipt for the cards. Apple may not make refunds directly, but may refer you back to the retailer, and work to contact the retailer about a refund.

Please report your experience to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The details you provide will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

I was scammed out of 2000.00 and I was let go from my job recently. I don't get benefits other than my small retirement from my last job. My daughter of 25 warned me and showed me evidence that this was a scam. I didn't listen till I paid so much money. She even called them and asked for what branch of the us government and they said the treasury and gave a email that my daughter saw as a fake immediately. Sadly some of that money she loaned me and she can barely afford it due to her going through nursing school. Now I might loose everything I worked for and very soon. I can't even afford to take a lain out nor could I get one due to not able to pay it off. I am worried and my future is bleak. I don't know what to do.

Thank you for sharing your experience. Please go to ftc.gov/complaint to report this. The details you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

In addition, when it comes to dealing with debt, you have options. Find out what you can do, and get tips for avoiding scams. Please see the FTC articles, Coping with Debt and Choosing a Credit Counselor.

Unfortunately i became victim of this today. Is there a way to block the itunes card number that i gave them to over phone. I already reported this incident Federal Trade commission

You could contact Apple Customer Support. They may be able to help you get a refund from the retail card seller when funds are still on the cards. Apple Customer Support may ask you to provide a police report and other documents, like a receipt for the cards. Apple may not make refunds directly, but may refer you back to the retailer, and work to contact the retailer about a refund.

I got a similar call from a 911 number and then a genuine IRS number, he himself showed me the # on IRS website. I was not aware that the IRS would never call. Then he trapped me to walk out of my workplace drive my car to an address he gave. The address was bestbuy and then he told me I need to buy apple gift cards. I was so much into all of it, my brain was blocked and I did not realize this was a scam. I brought the gift cards blindly just so that I wanted to stay away from legal complications. I have lost a huge amount($8000). I feel stupid and I seriously want these scammers arrested so that people who work hard every single day are not ripped off.

I got a phone call today saying that they were from Microsoft and I had errors and warnings that needed to be removed from my computer and how my computer network was compromised by hackers. It was a Scam. They said I need to go get a $200 itunes card to pay for computer network protection for 3 years which cost 199.00. I did not do it!! The call came from Washington the number is 206-430-5057. I spoke with Larry Lee and Ron. I am sure these are all fake names! Please be careful!!!

Yes they called me today on the same way.Unfortunately I was convicted and I went to Wallgreence to buy iTunes cards.Luckyl store manager immidiately noticed me this is a scamming. They wanted me to pay 2.3279 dollars. And them I called local police department they directed me Web site www.ic3.gov to complaint

Hello do the us federal grant called me saying I get $8000 deposited in my account each month and I won't have to pay it back. He said its sponsored by iTunes. Now he wants me to transfer the money through Walgreens to pay the security fee I have to pay half of 800 to get 4000

He also said that I haven't heard about these benefits before and that means it's not a scam is that true?

I had to call various numbers too

This sounds like a scam. The federal government is not giving people grants, or putting money in people's bank accounts. If someone says you will get money, but you have to give him money first, it's probably a scam. If you send him money, you will probably lose it. If you tell him your bank account number, he can take money out.

They are trying this with me now. Call this number 206-801-1795 Ask for Ryan Butler or Mike Thomas. They claim they are with US government grant. They say they know i was scammed and they trying to help me get my funds.

Some scammers make a list of people they ripped off, then call them back and pretend they'll help you 'recover what you lost.' It's called a refund and recovery scam.

If someone says they're from a government agency that will recover your lost money if you pay them, report them immediately to the FTC.

Just got told by advance America for a loan of $5,000 to purchase a iTunes card for $300 and my loan would be deposited in 45 mins or less. Glad I caught this thread. Florida phone#. Bob Cooper,Mike Smith were names used,all sounded middle eastern.

Ok I have a very important question I got called telling me I got approved for a government grant that I dont havecto pay back in the amount of 7,000 the second call was 9,000 the three called was 7,800 . The first and second call was never mention about purchasing a $250 itunes gift card to receive the money. I confuse on if its a scam or not. I had ask then to email my documents letting my see this government approval in my name, they have not excepted my request for that .

It's probably a scam. The government is not giving out grants.

The people who called you are probably scammers who want you to send iTunes codes, so they can use them or resell them. Once you tell someone the code from an iTunes card, he takes control of it. You can't get your money back.

If you tell him your bank account number because he says he'll deposit money, he can take money from your account. If you send him your personal information or copies of your documents he could use that for identity theft.

This article about government grant scams  tells you more.

DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE EVER GIVE OUT ANY PERSONAL INFORMATION TO SOMEONE CONTACTING YOU - IF THEY ARE CONTACTING YOU, THEY SHOULD HAVE YOUR INFO.DO NOT EVER PAY PAY FOR ANYTHING IN ADVANCE- EVER!!!!

Here is a few numbers claimed to be IRS giving grants to to people who have paid taxes on time & want to give a refund. they claim that you have money coming to you & all you have to do is buy i tunes cards, scratch off the back of the card and they will wire money to your bank. DON'T DO IT_- HERE ARE THE PHONE NUMBERS OF RECEIVED CALLS 646-582-2989, 347-778-2537 EXT 679 & 646-653-3284 Ray was the contact.PLEASE DON'T BE A VICTIM OF THIS SCAM` I Hope they get caught!!!

I got scammed by the IRS scam using iTunes gift cards. I've spent over 9 hours calling Apple, spoken to 10 people, and nothing. They won't do a thing. They allow this to continue because the cards are used to purchase their products. So, in the end, they are the ones that get the money. There has to be something all of us can collectively do....Class-action lawsuit? They told me they get thousands of these calls a day and yet do nothing to stop this problem. Imagine the amount of money this equates to. Thousands of calls a day, thousands of dollars spent buying their cards and spent buying their products. Of course they aren't going to do anything to stop it...they're making money off the scam at the expense of countless victims. They make me sick. I will never buy an Apple product again.

I'm sorry this happened to you. You can help law enforcement by reporting to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations. It helps law enforcement see the size of a problem.

You may want to report what happened to the corporate customer service staff of the store where you bought the card.

JUST happened to me yesterday! a "RON MARTIN, Senior Agent with the Treasury Department, Badge # : IRM 7747." He called me from :206-855-3080 and gave me a "direct #" : 202-275-2273.

My 23 year old daughter just was subject to this Terrorist scam. They had her on the phone for 2-3 hours and despite her knowning that it wasn't feeling right, threatened her to the point of having her drive down to the grocery store and get $800 (all the money she has) put onto 2 iTunes gift cards.

Every time she tried to get off the phone (to call us) they threatened 7 years in jail, fines going from $3K up to $70K. They were still on the phone when she drove to my office and came in nearly a wreck as they continued to threaten her that she still needed the balance of the money.

My husband and I spent the rest of the morning/afternoon with her and the police, the bank, the store, iTunes support. iTunes representative stated that the money had transferred to China. She also stated that this was her 8th call like this today. Pure terrorism and theft. We will file a complaint but the county authorities stated that they will do nothing realistically. How can we help shut this down and put these people away. Apple needs to figure a way to protect their cards now that thieves have figured a way to use their cards. I'm sure they do not want this publicity. How can we, the victims help?

 You can help law enforcement by reporting to the FTC at FTC.gov/complaint. The details you give go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations nationwide. When people file reports, it helps law enforcement spot patterns and trends in the scams.

If your daughter shared any personal information and is worried a scammer might use it, she can read about warning signs of identity theft.

You may also want to report this to the corporate customer service department of the store where your daughter bought the cards, or ask the company to educate front line clerks about the scam.

If your daughter wants to share her story with local media, you could contact your local media’s call for action lines.

I had a similar experience yesterday where they had me on the phone and rush to CVS to buy itunes cards. It was a Seattle number which when we called back was a police station/call center in Seattle though during the conversation he said he was in Texas and that a Texas officer will come to arrest you for interrogation. Luckily my daughter called my husband who came from work to stop me from sending the numbers. We called itunes and CVS helpline to get the refund and we are still waiting for them to investigate and process it. If you have not sent the numbers, please call itunes and get the cards cancelled/deactivated and then call CVS to give them the card numbers and process the refund. We went to the police dept and they asked us to flag my SSN so that they cannot use it for further fraud. Horrible experience...

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