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Sanibel police warn of Apple, iTunes gift card scam

August 28, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Sanibel Police Department wants to make the public aware of a current scam taking place.

The scam involves asking people to make payments over the phone for things such as taxes, hospital bills, bail money, debt collection, computer repair and utility bills. It is committed using various methods that also include the use of Apple App Store and iTunes gift cards.

Regardless of the reason for payment, the scam follows a formula:

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The victim receives a call instilling panic and urgency to make a payment by purchasing Apple App Store and iTunes gift cards from the nearest retailer, such as a convenience store or electronics retailer. After, the victim is asked to pay by sharing the 16-digit code on the back of the card with the caller.

Tips to avoid becoming a scam victim:

- If you are not purchasing an item from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, an Apple Music subscription or iCloud storage, do not make a payment with App Store and iTunes gift cards. There is no other instance in which you will be asked to make a payment with an App Store and iTunes card.

- Do not provide the numbers on the back of the card to someone you do not know.

- Immediately report potential scams to the Sanibel police at 239-472-3111, as well as the Federal Trade Commission by visiting

If you have questions or concerns, contact the Sanibel Police Department at 239-472-3111.



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