Scammers pushing people to pay with iTunes gift cards

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WASHINGTON (WTEN) – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning consumers that scammers are pushing people to pay with iTunes gift cards.

The FTC says scammers may pose as being with the IRS and threaten you’ll be arrested if you don’t pay or as a family member or online love interest that needs help.

Officials say if you’re not shopping at the iTunes store then you shouldn’t be paying with an iTunes gift card.

Apple also put a notice on its gift card page alerting consumers of the scam.

Other payment scammers may target include Amazon gift cards, PayPal, reloadable cards like MoneyPak, Reloadit, Vanilla, or wiring services like Western Union or Moneygram.

According to the FTC, government offices won’t require you to use these payment methods.

If you get targeted by a scam like this, report it to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

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