A string of scams are taking place asking people to make payments over the phone for things such as taxes, Covid relief, hospital bills, bail money, debt collection, and utility bills. Regardless of the reason for payment, the scam follows a certain formula: The victim receives a call instilling panic and urgency to make a payment by purchasing App Store & iTunes Gift Cards or Apple Store Gift Cards from the nearest retailer (convenience store, electronics retailer, etc.). After the cards have been purchased, the victim is asked to pay by sharing the code(s) on the back of the card with the caller over the phone.
THIS IS A SCAM!!! DO NOT MAKE ANY PAYMENTS BY PURCHASING GIFT CARDS AND SHARING CODES TO CALLERS!