badge

GARDAI are urging the public to be vigilant against an iTunes scam that is doing the rounds, after one of our northern neighbours was scammed out of more than two grand.

A Galway victim lost €2,200 to the scam, while in counties Wicklow and Tipperary two individuals fell victim to the scam and purchased in excess of €1,000 of vouchers.

In Dublin, one person attempted to purchase €1,000 in iTunes gift cards at a supermarket, before a member of staff became suspicious and contacted Gardaí.

The scam works as follows: The victim will receive a phone call or voicemail from the scammer, claiming to be a representative of an organisation which they claim the victim owes money.

Upon contact with the victim, the scammers will insist immediate payment is required, suggesting the payment needs to be made by purchasing iTunes gift cards from a retailer.

In some of these cases, victims are told they are facing criminal charges.

Once the victim has purchased these cards, the scammers will ask the victim to share the 16-digit code on the back of the card over the phone. The scammers will then use this code to purchase goods online.

Gardaí are advising people to be vigilant and suspicious of any calls or voicemails from people claiming to represent a company or organisation you may be a customer of. The caller may have some information about you, so don’t trust them just because they use your name or other personal information.

No company will request payment via iTunes or any other online vouchers. If you receive a call like this, end the call and contact Gardaí.

Related News

killaloe md election debate 2
The Electoral Chair: Killaloe Municipal District election debate
lahinch beach 1
'Someone will drown in Lahinch unless more lifeguards are hired' warn Greens
pam o'loughlin 1
Pam O'Loughlin is back in election race but goes Independent
TMP_8741 paul murphy
Clarecastle rep Cllr Murphy apologises to those offended by remarks on elderly drivers
Latest News
denise o'brien-2
The Power of a 'Service' Mindset: A Key to Success in Any Role
clare v limerick minor 18-04-24 4
Minors inspired by Munster & All-Ireland success of 2023 - Corbett
clare v waterford 20-04-24 cillian rouine 1
Unchanged Clare team for Cork clash
pam o'loughlin 1
Pam O'Loughlin is back in election race but goes Independent
TMP_8741 paul murphy
Clarecastle rep Cllr Murphy apologises to those offended by remarks on elderly drivers
Premium
carmel kirby kevin corrigan pat dowling 1
Councillors claim cancelling of Ennis 2040 briefing was illegal & accuse Chief Exec of 'chasing Ministers'
rowan tree ennis
Abbey Hostel getting rid of Ukrainian residents & apply to house international protection applicants
gort courthouse 1
Security issues at Gort courthouse must be addressed ahead of Minister & farmer 'cow dung' assault case
clare v limerick 21-04-24 shane o'donnell barry nash 1
Clubs question allocation of tickets in Cusack Park for championship games
joe floyd tulla 18-05-21 2
Floyd takes aim at 'scandalous & disgraceful' expenses claimed by councillors as he throws name back in ring for election

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Subscribe for just €3 per month

If you’re here, you care about County Clare. So do we. Did you rely on us for Covid-19 updates, follow our election coverage, or visit The Clare Echo every week for breaking news and sport? The Clare Echo invests in local journalism and we want to safeguard its future in our county. By becoming a subscriber you are supporting what we do, will receive access to all our premium articles and a better experience, while helping us improve our offering to you. Subscribe to clareecho.ie and get the first six months for just €3 a month (less than 75c per week), and thereafter €8 per month. Cancel anytime, limited time offer. T&Cs Apply. www.clareecho.ie.

Scroll to Top