The Apple iTunes 866-712-7753 Scam
I finally got curious after seeing: APL*ITUNES.COM/BILL 866-712-7753 CA on my credit card bill for so many months. The amount was always $2.99. I thought my daughter had bought more tunes. However, after asking her had she downloaded more songs from the group U2, she responded, "Who is U2"? You see, U2 is an 80's band and she is only 17. She knows nothing about them. Red Alert!
That got me curious. I called the number and got a recording that basically said "call Apple" and then went dead.
After researching online, I understood my card has been compromised by some person who created an account and used my card # to make purchases. How did this hack happen? This charge is not a charge coming from Apple, like I thought for sometime. In fact, maybe the APL in the address is not an abbreviation for Apple, but the actual thief.
The entity is defrauding many iTunes customers. In some case, people have noticed purchases of several hundred dollars, while others, just notice a small amount, like $.99. The smaller amount is usually a test by the hacker to see if the amount is rejected. If not, another test is conducted, usually under $5.00. If this amount is not noticed by the victim, the hacker may zap them for several hundreds of dollars. This has happened to many iTunes customers.
Apple is aware of this scam. You can contact their iTunes customer service about it and they will refund the amount, assuming you actually talk to someone! Failing this, the best thing to do is to contact the issuer of credit card used in iTunes and cancel it. Don't just replace the card with the same card number. They will usually remove the fraudulent charges to the account.
I have been donating $2.99 to this person for over a year, no more! Thank God I was never bilked for any more like others have been.
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