The FTC provided guidance this morning around new scams that are being targeted at Apple users. The Scams involve fraudsters requesting you to buy iTunes gift cards and using it to Pay them for different purposes.
Bridget Small from FTC explained this in great details in her latest post at the FTC blog this morning. Please remember that the only place to use an iTunes card is at the iTunes store, to buy online music, apps or books.
“People have told the FTC about scammers who called and demanded iTunes cards as “payment.” Bogus “IRS agents” told people they owed back taxes and would be arrested soon, unless they bought an iTunes card and gave the code to the “agent.” Phony “government grant” officers called and promised a big payout, after the person bought an iTunes card and read the code to the “grant officer.”
Other fraudsters told people their grandkids were in jail and the only way to help was — you guessed it — to buy an iTunes card and read the code over the phone. All the stories were false.”
Please feel free to share this scam alert with your friends and family.