I recently signed-up for a FREE TRIAL for Apple TV+, only to be hit with a charge the next day:
So the first thing that I did was call my credit card company to inform them of the charges. They were concerned about the fraudulent charges and immediately cancelled my credit card! I called Apple the next day and they told me they were legitimate charges!
I have several thoughts about this and here they are in order:
- The email receipt showed that I downloaded 2 iPhone apps… well, here’s a big problem: I’ve never owned an iPhone in my life!
- The 2nd app has some Chinese characters in the name. Isn’t this a dead give-away that these are scam charges?
- When I logged into Apple to view the purchase history, apparently this was a charge from 2017 – SIX YEARS ago!! And why wasn’t a notification sent from Apple – that this was going to happen when I signed up for a FREE TRIAL for Apple TV+ ?
- How did Apple even let these charges get into the account if there was no payment type set up at the time?
Even when I explained to Apple support that I never owned an iPhone device nor would I download Chinese apps, the support rep said the best they could do is submit a “request” for a refund. I mean, they were still trying to charge me and put the ownership on ME to get it refunded! LOL
I brought up that now my credit card was cancelled and it’s a huge hassle and the least they could do is provide one free month of Apple TV+. Nope. You think a company scamming me would give me a free $7.00 worth of service? LOL
So there you have it. The Apple TV+ scam. Buyer beware.
Update: I have my new credit card and I got charged for a full-month of Apple TV+. The refund is still pending.