Mt. Pleasant police warn of “jailed family member” scam using iTunes cards

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – Police in the Lowcountry are issuing an unusual warning about a scam – paying crooks with iTunes cards.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department issued the warning on Twitter on Tuesday.

The tweet says a scammer is calling people to inform them a family member is in jail. The caller then asks for iTunes cards as payment.

This scam has actually worked in other places across the country.

Our sister station WOOD-TV reports a couple was scammed out of $3,000 in Michigan last June. They were fooled into buying six iTunes gift cards – worth $500 apiece – after being told their grandson was in jail.

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