Apple is warning consumers not to fall for a popular iTunes gift card scam

Apple is warning consumers not to fall for a popular iTunes gift card scam
There are so many illegitimate ways to separate people from their hard-earned money. One such scam has random people receiving calls from someone claiming to be with the IRS and demanding immediate payment for back taxes owed. The victims are told that they can satisfy their debt by buying the appropriate dollar amount of iTunes gift cards and reading the card numbers to the scammers over the phone with a return call. It might surprise you how many people fall for such a ruse.

According to AppleInsider, Apple is doing its part to prevent this scam from continuing by having Apple Store employees make a specific statement to customers buying iTunes gift card. When the cards are being purchased, the employee ringing up the sale tells the consumer that iTunes gift cards cannot be used outside of the App Store or iTunes, and can not be used to pay taxes. And to make sure that this is actually getting through to the consumer, Apple asks them to "accept" the warning on the mobile point-of-sale equipment carried by the Apple Store rep.

To go one step further, Apple has added a warning to the packaging that houses the gift card. Printed in red to catch the eyes of a consumer, the text reads, "Card cannot be used for payments outside of U.S. App Store or iTunes Store, including taxes."

Be skeptical of all calls or emails that claim to be from your wireless provider


All of Apple's warnings will probably lower the success rate of this scam, but there will always be those who will fall for it. It is similar to the phishing technique used by scammers to get unsuspecting consumers to turn over important information like a social security number, passwords, PIN numbers and more. One person we know was caught in the early days of phishing and turned over information pertaining to his eBay account. Within minutes the account was hijacked by the scammer who started selling expensive cameras and other high-end tech gear. The account was stolen because it had a high positive feedback rating which lured prospective buyers and gave them the confidence to buy products that the seller didn't really have.


Also, if you get a call from your carrier saying that your service has been suspended for one reason or another, be skeptical. Call back the company using a phone number found on Google. If you do speak with someone, do not give out any important account information. It seems like common sense, but those who did give away passwords, PINs and other verification information soon discovered that someone had changed their account address and ordered some expensive new phones.

On Android, Google has added a feature that will tell you if an incoming call appears to be from a spammer. The Call Screen feature allows Google Assistant to answer a suspect call and find out who is calling while you read a real-time transcription of the conversation on your phone. You can connect to the call at any time. The upcoming iOS 13 update will allow users to toggle on a feature that will send calls from people you don't know, straight to voice mail. The feature, called "Silence unknown callers," will allow calls from those in your contacts list to ring through. Google could add something similar in the Android Q update. Earlier this year, some Android users spotted some new options under the Blocked numbers page in the Phone app. These allowed Android users to block calls from people not in the user's contacts list, block calls from people who do not disclose their phone number, block calls from unidentified callers, and block calls from pay phones. If you are too young to know what a pay phone is, ask your parents.

The FCC estimates that 50% of incoming cellphone calls this year will be from spammers or scammers. 

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14 Comments

1. Papa_Ji

Posts: 848; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Everyone knows....Its very easy to fool LOW IQ people .

3. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Low IQ people like papaji do not know the difference between Its and It's.

13. iushnt

Posts: 3097; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

@Apple-rule, I am sure you don’t know the mother Tongue language of Papaji as well

4. aegislash

Posts: 1494; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I’m assuming you’re referring to iPhone users as low IQ? Yeahhhhh, dumb comment. The person on the other end of the line most likely has no clue what phone you’re even using, for one.

8. lyndon420

Posts: 6785; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Oh boy...so easily triggered and sensitive you are. Truth is there are idiots on both platforms. Natural selection...

10. aegislash

Posts: 1494; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Triggered and sensitive? Aren’t you the one who said you won’t buy a Pixel because it’s called Pixel and impeded on that fragile masculinity? ;)

2. blingblingthing

Posts: 960; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Apple fooled them into thinking they bought some great product and now someone else is following Apple's lead.

6. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

And you were fooled by Android specs that you think its better than iphone.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4196; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

14. iushnt

Posts: 3097; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Better is subjective. As an iPhone user, I do find Note series better than iPhones.

5. slim3bdo

Posts: 173; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

iOS users are wealthy and smart , Just kiddibg , dump ppl are everywhere and on all platforms , but the dummist of all are those who repeat the 1st sentence in this post

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6785; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I agree with the first sentence of your post. The rest of your comment needs some serious spell-checking though lol.

11. slim3bdo

Posts: 173; Member since: Jun 05, 2017

If you believe the 1st sentence is true then you fall in the dummist ppl category imo .

12. Vancetastic

Posts: 1294; Member since: May 17, 2017

“Dummist”...that’s some irony.

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