A South Carolina consumer watchdog agency issued a warning Monday about a relatively new way scammers are asking for money around the state.
The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs (SCDCA) is urging residents to be on the lookout for scammers asking for payment via iTunes cards.
SCDCA spokeswoman Juliana Harris told South Carolina Radio Network some scammers are also making false claims that they are from government agencies. “A lot of people might think, well, why would you send an iTunes card to something that’s supposed to be official like the IRS,” Harris said.
Harris said scammers are targeting the elderly by asking for payment with the cards. “A lot of consumers, especially the elderly consumers don’t really know what an iTunes card is,” Harris said. “So they are just worried about the issue at hand.”
She said crooks are using are using a familiar ruse in trying to scam individuals, often by posing as a grandchild or other family member and asking for help through an iTunes card.
For more information on scams, to view SCDCA’s brochure “Ditch the Pitch” and to report a scam, visit www.consumer.sc.gov and click the scams button under Helpful Links.