The Apple iTunes 866-712-7753 Scam

Updated on June 8, 2019
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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.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

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      • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

        perrya 

        7 days ago

        There does not seem to be a solution

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        lynne 

        8 days ago

        I've had several different debit and credit cards charged to this scam. Finally removed the last card number from my payment information and shut down my apple music account. However, my son's debit card has been also compromised by this same scammer phone number and his is a brand new debit card! After he activated it, those charges showed up a few days later. The only thing he's done online since the new card was activated was pay somebody through Facebook. That's the only thing I can think of that had it get compromised. What's really irritating and absolutely unbelievable is I've seen comments about this fraud phone number (866-712-7753) going back 10 years!!! And nobody's done anything about it?!?@!

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        TDel 

        4 weeks ago

        You can check your purchase history by going to iTunes.com/bill which will open your iTunes account and show you what each charge is for. The $2.99 monthly fees are usually associated with the iCloud storage plan.

      • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

        perrya 

        5 weeks ago

        Good luck, as I have said, the only way to avoid it is to close your account.

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        Amy 

        5 weeks ago

        I just realized this is happening to me & found this page trying to see what’s going on. I’ve already talked to PayPal and after talking to Apple the girl said I would need to talk to a different security section.

      • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

        perrya 

        7 weeks ago

        It is shocking that it continues bc you would think the credit cards and Apple would want to prevent it.

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        SP 

        7 weeks ago

        Incredibly, this scam is still going on. I was just billed $100 over 3 separate charges to the exact same "company" including this false phone number.

        1) How is it possible that Visa/MC/others do not have this blocked?

        2) I caught this while it was still "pending" on my card, but for some reason it was still cleared and now I must wait for a credit. WHAT?!

      • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

        perrya 

        2 months ago

        The only thing one can do, as I did, is to cancel credit cards or accounts where the funds are sent from.

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        Rick Gerlock 

        2 months ago

        I have no idea how this can still be going on. Mine was hit for 99.99 11 times in 2 months and I had to fight to get charges reversed. BofA is clearly aware of this as is apple. How in the world is this entity's merchant account still active with what must be 1000s of charge backs due to it being a complete scam?

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        Yoan Heredia 

        2 months ago

        Please I am being charged a balance on my debit card and I have never opened an account. Help me remove that please. Thank you.

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        Ryan Jefferson 

        2 months ago

        Yeah...I have had the same problem but for 14.99/mo for a stupid recording device...thanks..I will contact them now. Cheers

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        divegirl1215 

        2 months ago

        I just made a huge fool of myself. I had four of these charges, recurring monthly for $5.39. I called my bank, they said to call the number on the charge. I called and reached a disconnected number so I thought for sure I was being charged fraudulently. Called Apple, spoke with a rep who said that it was my Pandora subscription. DOH! She showed me how to view and cancel the subscription but wow I feel embarrassed. Check your subscriptions before you call!

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        steward 

        2 months ago

        Same happen to me. Three charges from ""APL ITUNES.COM COM BILL 866 712-7753 CA" Each charge for $1.40. On charge on the 14th and two charges on the 17th. When I saw them, I checked with my family members and none of them know of the charges nor did either us ITunes. So, it's really weird that Itunes would let such criminals get away with using their name to conduct criminal activity without using their security to work with secret service to identify these crooks. It wouldn't be to hard you would think.

      • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

        perrya 

        3 months ago

        All one can do is cancel their card or account when detected.

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        Sam 

        3 months ago

        This happen to me first time it was $12.83 than 53.49. I called my bank they gave me my money back. Looked at my credit card statement today it was changed again. My daughter has a card credit it was charged $ 149.64. I don't know how they got my number. Because its says that they manually put the numbers in.

      • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

        perrya 

        3 months ago

        It is surprising that Apple has not done anything about it.

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        Jade 

        3 months ago

        I just like everyone else here have been charged many times from $0.99 to above $9.99 every two days for none other iTunes! At first I just brushed it off, thinking that my son charged a few iTunes items to my card. "No big deal, right!" it's just 2.00 dollars!" But then I started to noticed that the dollar amount and frequency had increased so I asked my son about it and he informed me I haven't ordered anything from iTunes, I don't even have an account with iTunes, mom! Boy was I surprised to learn this. So I set down and went over my bank account charges and to my surprise over a 7 week period my account had been charged more then $200 dollars in random iTunes charges all from the same number 877-712-7753,CA. And that was just for 7 weeks of research I have not checked further back as of yet but I will. I called my bank right away and changed all of my accounts information and as well as all my cards too. I'm outranged!! I'm not sure as to how long this has been going on and I will not know until I go thru all of my bank information.Truly unbelievable. Just image how much money this individual has made off all of us. Why hasn't this individual been STOPPED and charged with FRAUD! That's my question. Everyone has been notified but nothing is getting done to bring this individual to justices. The banks simply refund your money, change your information and everyone goes on like nothing has happened, they need to be stopped and the book needsvto be thrown at them and never be allowed to see the light of day again, period! One would think that Apple would be all over this like white on rice because this persons are ruining Apple's good name but nothing from Apple. I hope they catch the person responisible real soon.

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        Stan 

        3 months ago

        My experiance with this phone number was for a legitimate charge for a sports app. You can go through your Apple ID and view your purchase history too see who and what the purchase was for

      • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

        perrya 

        4 months ago

        No, just close your bank account and reopen a new one

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        Lorre Hopkins 

        4 months ago

        I have been having this debit every two weeks for months. Do you know how they access our bank accounts?

      • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

        perrya 

        4 months ago

        Looks like they are testing to see if you notice it.

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        TU LE 

        4 months ago

        I never used apple, but morning when i wake up i saw my bank -25 usd i log in i see APL*ITUNES.COM/BILL 866-712-7753 CA charge 25

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        bj 

        5 months ago

        This number is scam and fraud they did something to me but my bank was very very careful and smart they detected him quickly.

      • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

        perrya 

        10 months ago

        Sorry to hear this, little can be done.

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        Qrtknee 

        10 months ago

        I was charge $35.99 and it said it was for merchandise at a record store. I did not make this purchase and don’t know how this happened. When you call the number provided you just get a recording from apples itunes.

      • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

        perrya 

        14 months ago

        That is great!

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        Amy 

        14 months ago

        I was charged $9.99 on my Discover card, but I saw it quick enough and Discover sends me alerts to my email. I have canceled that card and had another one issued with a different number. They also refunded my money.

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