The Apple iTunes 866-712-7753 Scam
Strange Charge From iTunes on Your Credit Card Bill?
After seeing "APL*ITUNES.COM/BILL 866-712-7753 CA" on my credit card bill for many months, I finally got curious. The amount was always $2.99. Initially, I thought it was simply the result of my daughter quietly buying more tunes. When I asked her if she had been downloading songs, however, she didn't know what I was talking about. Red alert!
My Initial Reaction
That got me curious. I called the phone number that was included in the charge (866-712-7753) and reached a recording that simply said "call Apple" before the line went dead. After doing some research online, I came to the conclusion that my card had been compromised. I assumed that someone or some entity had created an iTunes account and used my card number to make purchases. But how did this fraud occur?
What Was Actually Happening
As it turns out, these charges were not actually coming from Apple as I had initially thought. Instead, someone was making fraudulent charges using my card number and misleading me by somehow having the charges come from "APL*ITUNES.COM/BILL 866-712-7753 CA" on my bill. The number listed in the charge is not associated with Apple in any way. This entity has been defrauding many iTunes customers since at least 2014.
APL*ITUNES.COM/BILL 866-712-7753 CA
If you see a charge from the above source on your credit card bill, be aware that this is actually a fraudulent charge that is not coming from Apple. The phone number listed is not associated with the company.
The Scope of the Fraud and How it Works
While many victims notice just a small charge, like $0.99 (the typical cost of a single song download on iTunes), others have noticed purchases of several hundred dollars. The smaller amount is likely a test by the perpetrator used to gauge whether the charge is noticed, reported, and subsequently rejected. If not, another test is conducted, this one usually under $5.00. If this amount is not noticed by the victim, the perpetrator may then zap them for several hundreds of dollars. This has happened to many iTunes customers.
What You Can Do About It
Apple is aware of this scam. You can contact iTunes customer service about it and they may refund the amount, assuming you actually talk to someone. Failing this, the best thing to do is to contact the issuer of your credit card, report the fraudulent charges, close the card, and request a new one with a new card number. Your financial institution will usually remove the fraudulent charges from your account if you report them within 30 days.
I had been donating $2.99 to this person or entity for over a year! Thank goodness I was never bilked for more like others have been.
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