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Posted on: January 15, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Be Aware of Scams involving App Store, iTunes, and Apple Store Gift Cards!


Be aware of scams involving App Store, iTunes, and Apple Store Gift Cards!

A string of scams are taking place asking people to make payments over the phone for things such as taxes, hospital bills, bail money, debt collection, and utility bills. The scams follow a certain formula: The victim receives a call instilling panic and urgency to make a payment by purchasing App Store & iTunes Gift Cards or Apple Store Gift Cards from the nearest retailer. After the cards have been purchased, the victim is asked to pay by sharing the code(s) on the back of the card with the caller over the phone.

If you're approached to use gift cards for payment, you could very likely be the target of a scam and should immediately report it to the Northbrook Police Department at 847-564-2060 and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at

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