Nanaimo Islander Evades Deceiving ITunes Email Amounting to $9,000
Cheknews.ca reported on 27th November, 2015, stating that a resident of Nanaimo (Vancouver, British Columbia) almost lost $9,000 after being attacked by an iTunes scam.
He informed police that he received an email, which looked to be from Apple iTunes.
The email contained a list with many transactions of his account, and asked him to click on a link if any of the charges were not correct.
On clicking the link, he was asked to provide his credit card number as well as the 3 digit security number, mother's maiden name, Social Insurance number and date of birth.
Cheknews.ca published news on 27th November, 2015, quoting Constable Gary O'Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP, as saying "Alarm bells should have been going alerting him about this fraud, especially when asked to submit credit card information and SIN".
In this case, his bank contacted him on the next day to confirm that is he withdrawing $9,000 on his credit card. Now, he realized that he had been scammed and the card and all others in his name were cancelled.
The man managed to reverse the charges, and then alerted the police.
Theprovince.com published news in November, 2015, quoting O'Brien as saying "personal information can be used to make purchases and withdrawals on your credit card, and establish bank accounts and lines of credit".
O'Brien was billed for two videos through the same email. Initially, he thought that charges were genuine.
He said: "Mine was Edward Scissorhands and we have three teenagers. We thought 'Oh yes, they got hold of our iTunes account'".
But O'Brien realized that something was wrong, when his wife also received the same email. "You wouldn't pay $45 to download, and hence, something didn't appear correct".
Apple confirms that it never asks customers for their credit card numbers, account passwords, or other personal credentials through email. The company suggested the customers not to open any unsolicited attachments, and to contact the company to verify the contents of an email before opening the mail.
Police of Saanich (Vancouver Island) are also warning the public about a computer scam, which has deceived people amounting from $250 to $500.
» SPAMfighter News - 12/4/2015