Fraud Alert: HMRC iTunes voucher fraud
Our colleagues at Action Fraud are warning people once again of fraudsters contacting victims claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that trick people into paying bogus debts and taxes using iTunes gift cards.
- Fraudsters are contacting the elderly and vulnerable claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs.
- Victims are being told they have arrest warrants, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name.
- The fraudsters are asking victims to purchase iTunes gift cards as payment.
- There are a variety of methods being used including calls, texts and voicemails.
Fraudsters like iTunes gift cards to collect money from victims because they can be easily redeemed and easily sold on. The scammers don’t need the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back over the phone.
How to protect yourself:
- HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.
- Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display.
- If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.
Please share this information with vulnerable family and friends to ensure they don’t fall victim.
If you have been a victim of fraud report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their online reporting tool at http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud
For more details and the latest fraud alerts visit our website athttps://www.staffordshire.police.uk/article/8201/Latest-Fraud-Alerts
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Community Engagement Officer