Wednesday March 07, 2018

Scam Victims Pay "Back Taxes" With iTunes Gift Cards

Since 2013, over 10,000 victims have paid scammers more than $54 million according to a report from CNBC. The scam reappears every year, with someone from the "IRS" calling to talk about "fraud," "back taxes," and "arrests" to get the victims attention. Once the scammer has the victims attention they are told to pay their "back taxes," and avoid arrest, they need to go purchase an iTunes gift card in the amount, and send them the 16-digit code.

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There is definitely a "I'm a Mac and I'm a PC" joke in here. Seriously folks, if someone wants you to pay a bill using an iTunes gift card, just laugh at them and tell them you "didn't mean to try and do a fraud!" I wonder if this is an elaborate scheme from Apple.

"Hello, this call is an official note from IRS, the Internal Revenue Service. The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filling [sic] a lawsuit on your name because you have tried to do a fraud with the IRS and we are taking illegal [sic] action and we are issuing a legal arrest warrant on your name. To get more information regarding this case file, just call us back on our department number, 708-432-8161."

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