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Is It a scam

Date: 6/5/2018 1:30 PM (PST)

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They have told me about apparently winnings of $100,400.00 she wanted me to get a itunes card for 50. And still wants me to pay payments upto $1000. SO I can receive this lump sum. Is it a scam? Tell me please. Thank you Rhonda Kaloian
rhondakaloian@Gmail. Com

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Date: 6/5/2018 3:14 PM (PST)

Hello Rhonda. Thank you for contacting BCA. Unfortunately, yes this is a scam. Do not purchase an itunes card. Do not send them any money. Do not provide them with any sensitive information, such as banking or credit card information, social security number etc. This is a scam that has been in circulation for some time now. Although the specifics may differ slightly, the scam is the same. Consumers are advised that in order to collect their winnings or money they must purchase a gift card or itunes card and then are instructed to get back in contact with the caller and share with him or her the 16-digit code on the back of the card. If you have been approached with instructions similar or identical to what I just described, you are being scammed. App Store and iTunes Gift Cards can be used only to purchase goods and services on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, for an Apple Music subscription or for iCloud storage.

To avoid becoming the victim of this scam or any scams that involve purchasing cards or wiring money, never send money to someone you do not know. Consumers who have been victimized by this type of scam are encouraged to report the incident to the FTC: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1

Rhonda, I am also attaching a link to our Resource Guide on recognizing prize scams. The guide contains a lot of useful information and good tips to follow that the average consumer may not be aware of: https://www.checkbca.org/tips/advertisingpromotionsshopping/recognizing-prize-scams-248

I hope this information has been helpful. In addition to our Ask The Experts Forum, Company Reports, and Complaint services, we offer many other free consumer services, including Customer Reviews, Resource Guides and Scam Alerts. Here is the link to review our services: https://www.checkbca.org/consumers.aspx. I would also like to let you know about our Consumer Ally program. It was made for a community of consumers, like yourself, who share our mission of protecting people like you from being scammed by promoting first-rate business practices and warning other of scams. It's free to sign up, which you can do here: http://www.checkbca.org/consumer-ally.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me directly at vantillon@checkbca.org.

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