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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said on Tuesday that her office would be inquiring into long-standing complaints about fraudulent purchases that leverage Apple’s popular online music store.
Terry Coffey of Anchorage, Alaska, said that he first became aware of a problem with his iTunes account when he received a receipt for a $50 iTunes gift card purchase. Coffey, who says he’s careful with his money, was immediately suspicious and investigated the charge, but couldn’t find any record of it on any of his credit card statements. A closer look at his iTunes account revealed why: unknown assailants had seized control of his account and modified the credit card information associated with it. A different credit card number had been used, listing and Coffey’s address had been changed from Anchorage to a city in Tennessee. The fraudulent credit card account was used to purchase the gift card as well as a single iTunes song, Coffey said.