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BBB warns consumers not to use iTune cards to make payments

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By MINDY EATON

You may have heard of scammers asking for payments by wire transfer or prepaid debit cards. But what about iTunes gift cards?

The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to not use iTunes cards to make payments. Just like using a wire or prepaid debit card, iTunes cards are often difficult to trace and can have
large limits. Once a scammer
has the serial number from the card, they can drain the cash from it or sell the card information online.

This payment method is being used in many familiar scams, such as:

IRS/U.S. Treasury scam

Debt collection scam

Prize collection/sweepstakes scam

Tech support scam

Family/friend emergency scam

Online items for sale

To avoid falling victim to one of these scams, BBB provides the following tips:

Do not use iTunes gift cards for any purchases or payments other than the iTunes store. Government agencies, retailers, financial institutions and individuals will
not accept iTunes cards as currency for a product or
service. If you aren’t shopping at the iTunes store, you shouldn’t
be paying with an iTunes gift
card.

If you have provided the serial number from an iTunes card,
contact Apple support right away
at (800) 275-2273 and explain
the situation. They may be able to assist and disable the card.

If you have been contacted
by someone or are a victim of a scam, report it to BBB’s Scam Tracker or to the Federal Trade Commission.

For more tips, go to bbb.org or call (800) 388-2222. To report a scam, go to BBB Scam Tracker
bbb.org/scamtracker.