Fraudsters are trying to rip people off by scams using the Apple iTunes card. The tricksters call and ask to settle outstanding debts or bills on the phone. This works the best with Apple iTunes card. But other gift cards are also affected.
Read on to find out what is behind it and how you can protect yourself.
To settle the supposed outstanding payments, you are asked to buy gift cards and notify the caller of the card details. The reasons for the payments are very different. It can be unpaid bills, such as garage costs. But also debt for electricity, gas or water. Other callers, on the other hand, promise a profit, for which you should pay a processing fee in the form of a gift card.
Apple iTunes card and other gift cards
The Apple iTunes card are not the only cards affected by this scam. Other gift cards that have an activation code are also affected. The procedure is always the same for the first time: You will receive a call and the fraudsters will ask for the payment of a monetary amount on the telephone with utmost urgency. The amount is not to be paid by transfer, but via gift cards or gift vouchers. One thing is certain: once you have paid, the contact breaks off and the money is gone.
In some cases, the victims on the phone were also severely intimidated. They threaten that you have not paid bills or other debts. A second possibility is that the callers promise you a chance to make some profit. In order to receive this, you must pay a processing fee with your gift card.
Rip-off on the phone with a gift card
To ensure that the fraud on the phone with the gift card works, the fraudsters make a demand: You have to go to the next supermarket, kiosk or electronics store and buy the gift card with which you should pay. This can be an Apple iTunes card, a Google Playcard, a PaysafeCard but also a prepaid card for mobile phones. In very special cases, the callers also appear as police officers, lawyers or judges. These callers state they are investigating you and only by paying a large amount of money can prevent the accusation against you. If you get such a dubious phone call, just hang up.
Apple’s iTunes card is affected
Apple warns about the perils of scams on its website. Apple points out that your iTunes gift cards can only be used in the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or Apple Music purchases. If someone wants you to give them the activation code of an Apple iTunes card, it is probably a scam. If you receive a suspicious call asking someone to settle a debt by gift card, make a note of the phone number and then simply hang up. Then you should inform the police.
Do not pass the gift card activation code
You should never give up the activation code of a gift card to people you do not know – whether it is the Apple iTunes card, Google Playcard, Paysafe Card, prepaid cards for mobile phones or similar. Once the fraudsters have the code, they will take the credit off the card quicker than you can report the fraud to the police.
If someone calls and says that he is from the company whose gift card you have bought then be aware. Companies like Apple, Google or Paysafe will never call you and ask for the activation code. They will never ask you to pay with the card. The police are already warning of new scams and phone rip- offs.