Number of victims for Apple iTunes card scam doubles
Written on the 1 February 2018
According to Consumer Protection WA ScamNet data, 34 victims purchased iTunes cards worth $116,909 in 2017, in comparison 17 victims reported losses totalling $68,637 in 2016.
The cold calling scammers pretend they are from Telstra or the Australian Taxation Office.
They tell their targets they must pay an outstanding debt urgently, repay a credit that has appeared in their bank account or assist in catching a hacker who has supposedly accessed their bank account.
One recent scam victim went to a Woolworths store and made 16 separate purchases of $500 iTunes cards. She then went to Coles and purchased three $1,000 iTunes cards plus $300 resulting in a $11,300 loss.
In 2017, 398 victims reported losing $8,060,899 in scams. The number of victims was more than the 372 victims reported in 2016 but losses were less than the 2016 total of $9,037,153.
While there has been a doubling of losses from employment and investment scams, the losses from dating and romance scams have halved.
For more information and advice on scams, visit http://www.scamnet.wa.gov.au
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