Apple Singapore Investigating Multiple Fraudulent Charges to iTunes Accounts

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is investigating dozens of cases of fraudulent iTunes account charges in Singapore, according to local news reports over the weekend.

    Channel News Asia spoke to two people in the Southeast Asian country who said they had both lost several thousand dollars through fraudulent transactions processed through their iTunes accounts.

    Apple Orchard Road in Singapore (Image via Strait Times)
    The affected customers had reportedly been banking with Singapore banks including UOB, DBS, and Oversea-Chines Banking Corporation (OCBC). OCBC alone confirmed 58 similar cases of fraudulent charges.

    One iTunes user who banked with DBS also told Channel News Asia that six fraudulent transactions had "completely wiped out" their account. As a result of the cases, UOB said that it was stepping up monitoring of all iTunes spending over recent weeks due to increase in cases of fraudulent activity.

    Apple Singapore told the news organization that it is looking into the charges and had already cancelled many of the transactions identified as fraudulent. We'll update this article if we hear more.

    Article Link: Apple Singapore Investigating Multiple Fraudulent Charges to iTunes Accounts
  2. supremedesigner macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2005
    Gainesville, Fl
  3. ArtOfWarfare, Jul 23, 2018
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    ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    I wonder if it’s somehow related to moving iCloud data over to China? Sounds like most of the people had accountants with Overseas Chinese Banking Corporation.

    Edit: I'm being told OCBC is not a Chinese company. So you can ignore my post.
  4. whirldy macrumors regular


    Dec 20, 2011
  5. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Somebody in the comments section said that they were also affected with bank charges and they don't even own any Apple devices or have an Apple ID. So my first thought is that there's a more fundamental bank leak rather than iCloud information being stolen.
  6. bikeoid macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2010
    Does Apple take the Yubikey to protect your iTunes account?
  7. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    OCBC is not a Chinese ("PRC") bank as far as I know.
    Just because there is Chinese in the name of the bank doesn't make it belong to mainland China.
  8. szw-mapple fan macrumors 65816

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    Not sure how that is relevant seeing as OCBC is a Singaporean bank.
  9. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Not amazed, be on your guard in Singapore, lots of charlatans, doesn't mean it not a nice state, been there hundreds of times, like it but I also know you have to be aware you could be conned, some shops/malls-levels are notorious conning people.
  10. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    I'm sorry if I'm being thick headed here, but how does making iTunes purchases with some else's account benefit a thief?

    Isn't the purchased content still the property of the account owner? I mean it is digital after all. Does a thief have a way of getting the money out, or is it just an issue of maliciously spending someone else's money?

    The only thing that I could think of is if the thief had an item on the iTunes store and bought it with someone else's account and took off with the money, but that would leave an obvious trail of who ended up with fraudulent purchases.
  11. DeepIn2U macrumors 603


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    This is seemingly a very wide spread issue. I hope Apple global takes this and similar spam inflicted emails that supposedly try to invoke users clicking on a link in spam email and giving up their details.

    TFA can be changed at any time. Moreover if you know anything if mobile gsm and wcdma based networks (pretty much the world) that SIM cards cans be cloned - I’ve seen this as a Tier 2 rep for T-Movile many moons ago (2001) if you have access to the network switch and infrastructure. In this case 2FA wouldn’t be much of a security deterrent (check out original Bourne Movie and you’ll see the older equipment that allows for this.

    Jail broken won’t have anything to do with this if absolutely no banking info was ever entered on the device.

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  12. Superhai macrumors 6502


    Apr 21, 2010
    Switch out Singapore with any other place and it is equally true.
  13. TheHammer macrumors member


    Feb 11, 2017
    Isn’t this credit card fraud instead of iTunes fraud? Stolen cc details? I’ve read articles where people don’t have iTunes account and this has happened
  14. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Obviously that trail must be organised well enough to disappear without any traces.

    But it's really not clear from the reports what is actually happening. It could be that the banks or bank accounts are hacked so the money doesn't go to Apple but to some criminal. And then it doesn't matter what you buy. X dollars leaves your account. X dollars should go to Apple who then gives 70% to the maker of the software or music. Instead X dollars go to some criminal.
  15. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Nope, I disagree.

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