Grandparent Scammers now Demanding Money via iTunes Gift Cards Reports NCDOJ

Grandparent Scammers now Demanding Money via iTunes Gift Cards Reports NCDOJ
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May 7, 2015

The so-called grandparent scam has been around for a long time, but scammers are finding new and creative ways to con people out of their money.

The North Carolina Attorney General's Office is reporting at least one instance where a scammer conned $26,000 out of an elderly victim using iTunes gift cards.

The Charlotte-area resident got a call from a scammer posing as their grandchild who said they were in jail on DWI charges. To bail the grandchild out of jail, the grandparent purchased 52 Apple iTunes gift cards at $500 apiece and, over the telephone, read the numbers on the back of the cards.

Traditionally, this scam involves a demand for money via Western Union or Moneygram, but scammers have started demanding payments via prepared credit cards, reloadable debit cards, or gift cards.

If you get a call from a relative in trouble, hang up and try to reach out to that person on a number that you know is really theirs. You should always be suspicious of anyone that contacts you and demands money quickly, especially by reloadable debit card, prepaid credit card, or wire service.

Scams should be reported to the North Carolina Attorney General's Office.