Fresh warning from officials over iTunes gift card scam

The national fraud reporting body has issued a fresh warning over iTunes gift card scams, after £520,000 was lost to fraudsters over a three-month period.

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The scam, which involves Apple’s iTunes- a service which allows users to purchase music, films and other media via downloads, has been targeted by fraudsters tricking users into handing over their card details.

By using Apple Pay, the company’s contactless paymnent system. victim’s are asked to use iTunes gift cards to pay for goods or services over the phone or online, by giving a code. This hands over the balance of their card to the fraudsters.

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Action Fraud, the nationwide body for reporting fraud, has received multiple reports of this approach being used since May, with one victim losing a staggering £46,000 to scammers via iTunes cards.

A spokesperson for Apple, said: “iTunes gift cards are solely for the purchase of goods and services on the iTunes Store and App Store.

“Should you receive a request for payment using iTunes gift cards outside of iTunes and the App Store, please report it to Action Fraud.”

If you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud at or on 0300 123 2040.