Apple iTunes gift card agrees to settle lawsuit over scamApple iTunes gift card agrees to settle lawsuit over scam

A suit has been filed against Apple iTunes, saying that the company let scammers to use its gift cards for their scams and benefit from stolen money. Apple has agreed to settle the complaint. In a recent court filing in San Jose, California, it was revealed that they had achieved a settlement, whereby both parties have agreed on the primary conditions after having negotiations with a mediator.

They are drafting an official agreement for initial approval of the settlement by US District Judge Edward Davila.

The requests for comments that were made to Apple and the legal team who are representing the plaintiffs have not been immediately replied to.

The con artists create a feeling of fear or urgency over the phone, and then they force their victims to buy gift cards from the App Store, Apple iTunes, or Apple Store. This is how the scam works. According to them, credit cards are required in order to pay a variety of obligations, including taxes, medical bills, utility bills, bail, and debts.

Subsequently, the victims are directed to reveal the codes located on the reverse side of these cards, disregarding a prominent cautionary message placed on the cards that advises against exposing the information with unfamiliar persons.

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The legal action claims that Apple would often send seventy percent of the stolen money into the bank accounts of the scammers, while keeping thirty percent of the money for itself, thinking this to be a “commission.” In spite of the fact that the codes had been stolen and converted into cash, this particular action was carried out.

According to the lawsuit, the victims could have lost “hundreds of millions of dollars” due to this scam.

The lawsuit included all U.S. residents who purchased iTunes or App Store gift cards between 2015 and July 31, 2020, shared the codes with fraudulent parties, and did not receive refunds from Apple.

Apple tried to have the case dismissed by Davila in June 2022, but she denied.

He stated that the plaintiffs’ sufficient evidence suggested it was unethical for Apple, headquartered in Cupertino, California, to attempt to absolve itself of liability even when victims reported being scammed.

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