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iTunes Web Scam Costs PayPal Users
Category : General 24 Aug 2010 06:11 AM | Industry News
A report on AppleInsider confirms that a number of users have reported false charges which were made to iTunes accounts via PayPal.
iTunes scam affecting thousands of customers and ripping them out of thousands of dollars in fraudulent PayPal and credit card charges has hit the World Wide Web, and there does not appear to be any solution in the works to stop the culprits.
PayPal has said it is reimbursing customers for the fraud, but added that the problem "is happening on the iTunes side." Further questions about the scam were referred to Apple.
A recent wave of fraudulent purchases have hit iTunes through PayPal. It is believed that the victims had fallen prey to an e-mail scam and were not exposed due to Apple. Several users have come forward claiming to have lost hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Any unauthorized charges will be reimbursed by PayPal. Apple has recently stepped up its security, but has said:
"iTunes is always working to prevent fraud and enhance the password security of all of our users. But if your credit card or iTunes password is stolen and used on iTunes we recommend that you contact your financial institution and inquire about cancelling the card and/or issuing a chargeback for any unauthorised transactions. We also recommend that you change your iTunes account password immediately."
Many victims may have fallen to e-mail and phishing scams, wherein they were led to fake websites, where they revealed their iTunes and PayPal account details.
Apple has advised users to immediately report unauthorised transactions to their credit card company or PayPal to get reimbursements. It also recommended changing iTunes account password.