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Scammers target grandparents, demanding iTunes gift cards for bail

Scammers are making phone calls to people demanding they use iTunes gift cards to post bail and pay lawyer fees for relatives facing criminal charges in other states, the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York reports.

The bureau said the scam is aimed primarily at grandparents with relatives living out of state. In many instances, the caller claims to be a lawyer for a young relative faces criminal charges and in need of money for bail or further legal work. Such a caller demands payment through a high-priced iTunes gift card rather than cash, a bank check or credit or debit card, the bureau said.

The BBB stressed that government agencies, financial institutions and reputable retailers will not accept iTunes gift cards for payment anyway. Any such calls should be reported to the Federal Trade Commission the BBB’s online Scam Tracker site.

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