iTunes Scam In Christian County
CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ill. —
The Christian County Sheriff's Office has received complaints from citizens who have been receiving phone calls from people trying to convince them they owe money and need to send money to them. Although this in not a new type of scam, the call is not requesting bank account number or credit card number they are requesting the person to purchase itune cards and give the caller the code on the back of the card.
The fraud involves calling and stating they are with a government agency the IRS, the U.S. Treasury Dept. etc. and stating you owe the government money or stating you child or grandchild is in jail and needs cash to get out of jail. The caller then instructs the person to go to the store or online and purchase itune cards. The caller will then instruct the victim to call them back and give them the codes on the back of the itune cards to complete the payment. After the victim has done this the caller may call them back and ask for more money.
Once the scammer receives the codes on the back of the itune cards they can sell them for cash anywhere in the world making them impossible to trace. This scam can also involve any type of gift card or prepaid gift card from companies.
This scam has become so large that if you Google itune cards being used in phone fraud you will receive 529,000 responses. If you have purchased itune cards and give the codes to the call, you can contact Apple at Apple support and request assistance.
The U.S Treasury Dept. and the IRS have issued press releases warning about this scam. The Christian County Sheriff's Office would like to remind people no Government agency will call you and request money be paid in itune cards or any other gift cards. If you spot a scam report it to the Federal Trade Commission by visiting www.ftccomplaintassist.gov or calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)