Digital audio If you're a lover of digital music, it's time to keep close tabs on your monthly credit-card statement, because iTunes-related fraud is on the increase.

In the US, one particular widespread method of iTunes fraud has been reported: namely, one that involves consumers getting receipts for iTunes gift cards that they didn't buy.

iTunes as a vector for fraud isn't really new. According to a thread on independent customer-service website Get Satisfaction, incidents stretch back over the past year, with a number of people having found bogus charges to their credit cards purporting to be from the iTunes Store. Others, however, report having been contacted by their credit-card companies because of $1 (about 65p) iTunes charges - some fraudsters use the small charge to test the waters, then start making larger purchases if they aren't caught.

By caught, however, we simply mean whether or not your credit-card company notifies you and you cancel the card. Nobody seems to know exactly who's behind the scheme, though it's becoming more and more common to find illicit sites reselling iTunes gift certificates for less than their face value, paid for with stolen credit-card numbers. It's instant profit for identity thieves.

In the meantime, the best approach is to make sure that your iTunes account and credit-card information is as safe as you can reasonably make it and to check your statements regularly.

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[via Consumerist]

Dan Moren writes for Macworld