Manning Great Lakes police are warning about a string of scams asking people to make payments over the phone for things such as taxes, hospital bills, bail money, debt collection, and utility bills.
The scams are committed using many methods, including gift cards.
As the fraudsters are sometimes using App Store and iTunes Gift Cards, police want to make sure you are aware of these scams.
Regardless of the reason for payment, the scam follows a certain formula: The victim receives a call instilling panic and urgency to make a payment by purchasing App Store and iTunes Gift Cards from the nearest retailer (convenience store, the electronics retailer, etc.).
After the cards have been purchased, the victim is asked to pay by sharing the 16-digit code on the back of the card with the caller over the phone.
Police say it’s important to know that App Store and iTunes Gift Cards can be used only to purchase goods and services on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, for an Apple Music subscription, or for iCloud storage.
If you’re approached to use the cards for payment outside of the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, Apple Music, or iCloud, you could very likely be the target of a scam and should immediately report it to your local police as well as the Australian Tax Office and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).