It used to be Green Dot and Bitcoin.
Now, scammers want iTunes gift cards.
Call 12 for Action is seeing an evolution in scam complaints filed with our volunteer investigators.
In a recent letter, a consumer named Marcus shared with us he’d been scammed by someone who called him claiming to be with a payday lending company, after Marcus had applied online.
To get the loan, the person on the phone instructed him to pay $200 via an iTunes gift card. But that led to other fees to be paid, again, with an iTunes gift card. Marcus was out $597 before he realized he’d been scammed.
“Basically, anger and frustration,” said Maury, a Call 12 volunteer investigator, describing what he heard from Marcus about the situation. “I think he was also a little irritated with himself because he had fallen for it.”
He’s not the only one. In fact, criminal investigators with the Internal Revenue Service want to warn consumers this latest scam evolution could come in many forms.
“They may pose as representatives from the IRS,” said Lisa Sukenic, Special Agent with IRS Criminal Investigations. “They may pose as somebody from your bank or a credit card company. They may say we’re just trying to verify this information.”
Whether it's an email or a phone call and no matter which organization the person claims to be with, if they’re asking for payment in iTunes gift cards, something likely isn’t right and you could lose your money.
“If you just have something that doesn’t feel right, check them out before you do anything whatsoever,” said Maury.
If you’re still not sure, Call 12 for Action can help. Our volunteer investigators are available to take your call and answer your questions Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 1-800-260-1212 or 602-260-1212. You can also file your consumer complaint online.