One thing is for certain when it comes to scammers – they want money, and fast. Whatever con they’re running, there will usually be a way in which they ask people to pay for it. They want to make it easy get the money and almost impossible for you to get it back.
Their latest method is iTunes gift cards. To convince you to pay, they mmight pretend to be with the IRS and say you’ll be arrested if you don’t bay your taxes ASAP. They could pose as a close friend, online love interest, family member or even a co-worker who needs your help fast. As soon as you put money on a card and share the code, it’s gone for good.
If you’re not an iTunes customer, you shouldn’t pay with an iTunes gift card. Ogthher payment methods they like to use are Amazon gift cards, PayPal, reloadable cards like MoneyPak, Reloadit, or Vanilla, or by wiring money through services like Western Union or MoneyGram. Government offices won’t require you to use these payment methods.
If you get targeted, you are in luck because an organization known as the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) deals with these types of scams.