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Apple Probed Due to Bogus iTunes Charges

Monday Japanese authorities revealed plans to summon Apple officials sometime this week in regards to bogus credit card charges connected to iTunes. Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) told the AFP that at least 95 cases have been reported in Japan alone, and involves five major credit card companies.

"We have seen such cases increasing, notably since autumn last year," said an official with Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency. "The damage in those cases seems to range from a few hundred yen to several hundred thousand yen (from several dollars to several thousand dollars)."

Could this merely be a case of account hacking? The CAA said that one local woman created an iTunes account years ago but never used it. Now the consumer has received around $1,100 USD in credit card charges for applications and media she never purchased, indicating a possible hack job rather than fraudulent behavior on Apple's behalf.

The AFP said that Japan's industry and communications ministries have joined the CAA's investigation--all parties are trying to determine if personal data listed on iTunes has been stolen. Japanese officials said that iTunes consumers should check bank accounts to keep track of digital spending.

iTunes users should also keep an eye on email in-boxes for receipts stemming from unauthorized purchases.