Beware, The Apple iTunes Scam Is Back

Surprise, surprise, the Apple iTunes scam is back! Here is everything you need to know.

It seems to happen two or three times every year and this one is no different, the Apple iTunes scam is back targeting your card details.

Fake iTunes receipts are doing the rounds again, designed to dupe people by looking authentic and genuine.

You wouldn’t be the first, or last to get caught out, so let’s warm up the bullshizzle filtration system and see what it’s all about.

How the Apple iTunes scam works

You’ll receive a fake invoice for something you haven’t paid for, aiming to panic you into thinking something dodgy is going on in your iTunes account.

‘Luckily’ for the disgruntled customer there is a handy link just below the invoice prompting you to get in touch if you think there has been a mistake.

The link takes you on a magical internet mystery tour to a window where you’ll be prompted to enter your Apple login.

And with that one easy to make mistake, they’re into your account and have access to your card details.

How do you know if your email is a scam?

There are a few things to look out for to determine whether your email is genuine or a scam.

Crazy prices

They just won’t make any sense, like literally NONE!

You’ll have songs at prices that are extortionate compared to the real thing.

You may even find you have a ‘Netflix subscription’ for £30 to £40 – way over the actual cost.

The trick here is to make it so deliberately obvious that there is a mistake, you hit the link without thinking.

Email subject line

This is probably the easiest way to tell.

Apple iTunes scam invoices come with the subject line – ‘Your Apple invoice no (number) and Order receipt no (number)’.

All genuine Apple receipts have the same subject line in the email – ‘Your receipt from Apple’ or ‘Your invoice from Apple’.

No variations, nada, zilch!

The small print

When was the last time you saw a corporate email without a shed load of terms and conditions and a company address at the bottom of it?

NEVER I tell you!

If that is missing, it’s highly likely that the email is fake and it’s a scam.

If you think you have been targeted, report it to Apple here.

My link, is of course, genuine!

Have you been targeted by the Apple iTunes scam?

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16 thoughts on “Beware, The Apple iTunes Scam Is Back

  1. Yes, and lots of others too.
    I’ve been getting lots of click for your free voucher for £X in Tesco, Morrisons, Asda etc
    We’ll be converting the loft next spring and I’m dreading all the spammy calls for double glazing, boilers and solar panels!

    1. I’ve had those supermarket ones too! It’s on my content list haha. My friend sent me one the other day for free EasyJet tickets. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!

  2. Jeez? I didn’t even realize that this was a thing going on out there? Its frustrating to know that there are people putting in this much effort to screwing other people over. The irony is that if those same people put in the same effort into bettering the world they would be twice as rich and infinitely more fulfilled.

  3. This is a great reminder overall to double check every email/call before panicking and clicking. If I receive an email that seems off and makes me nervous, I’ll hit the website directly rather than clicking through the links in the email. Thanks for the reminder, especially during a time of extra spending.

  4. The scary thing is how many people fall for these and similar phishing scams. As you said, it only takes a moment and a click. Even though people know that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is, they still fall for it time and time again.

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