Police and Trading Standards issue Fraud Alert over iTunes vouchers and Older People

Victims are being contacted by fraudsters directly by telephone or text message claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs telling them that they owe taxes. The fraudsters do vary their story and sometimes say that debts are owed or a PPI refund is due but they must pay administration fees.

The victims are instructed to purchase iTunes vouchers to settle their “debt”.  Once purchased the fraudster will ask the victim to read them the 16 digit number on the back in order for them to use the value of the voucher.  In one case a victim lost £15,000.00.   

They are urging iTunes voucher retailers to look out for customers who are purchasing iTunes
vouchers totaling a high value.  

Please be aware of this scam and alert volunteers and staff to look out for elderly service users.  

For further information and advice about fraud and scams, please visit the websites below: www.devon-cornwall.police.uk or www.actionfraud.police.uk


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