People are being warned about a new 'HMRC' scam . Action Fraud says it has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC. The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards. If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation. Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact. It is vital that the public exercise caution … [Read more...] about Fraudsters ask for payment in iTunes gift cards in new scam
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0 Post a comment Friday, 14 September 2018 - Crime by Sarah Pitt - Senior Reporter @okeytimes [email protected] WEST Devon Police are urging the public to be aware of a nationwide iTunes gift card scam which has led to £6.5-million in reported losses. Fraudsters have been gaining people’s trust and getting them to pass on the serial numbers on the back of gift cards. Action Fraud, the fraud body which works with the police, is reminding people not to give out the serial numbers other than to pay for goods from the retailer printed on the front of the card.PCSO Lisa Smith of Devon and Cornwall Police said people should always question unrequested or unexpected requests for their personal or financial information.‘Even if someone knows your basic details, eg name and address, it doesn’t mean they are genuine,’ she said. ‘As well as iTunes gift cards fraudsters also use Steam cards to scam people out of money. Never give … [Read more...] about Be aware of iTunes gift card scam, warn police.
Police are urging the public to be aware of fraudsters who have been tricking people into making payments using iTunes gift cards. North Yorkshire Police is warning the public, especially the elderly, under the banner of #StayTunedToFraud.Offenders have been contacting victims, claiming to be from well-known organisations including Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), then tricking victims into making payments using the gift cards.Read more: Cases of alleged fraud in Yorkshire double in first half of 2018Police say they are using the method because gift cards can be easily redeemed and sold on - the fraudsters do not need the physical card to redeem the value and will instead use tactics to persuade victims to purchase gift cards in large amounts and read out the serial code on the back over the phone.This problem is not just linked to iTunes gift cards and more recently, Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, has seen a spike in … [Read more...] about North Yorkshire Police warning over multi-million-pound iTunes gift card fraud
Warning issued over iTunes gift card scam Independent.ie Gardaí have issued a warning to the public about a scam tricking you into purchasing iTunes gift cards. https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/warning-issued-over-itunes-gift-card-scam-37223417.html https://www.independent.ie/world-news/article35002302.ece/d7717/AUTOCROP/h342/PANews_P-04b244d0-9e14-4780-973d-f8a2e9a8d62c_I1.jpg Email Gardaí have issued a warning to the public about a scam tricking you into purchasing iTunes gift cards. The warning follows an incident in Cork involving an attempt to defraud a business via email. It was sent by a person claiming to be a manager of the company and the email requested that a staff member purchase €2,000 of iTunes gift cards and send on the voucher numbers. In a statement issued this afternoon, gardai outlined how the scam works. "The victim will receive a phone call, voicemail or email from the scammer, claiming to be a representative of an organisation, … [Read more...] about Warning issued over iTunes gift card scam
Gardaí have issued a warning to the public over a scam tricking people into purchasing iTunes gift cards.The alert was raised after gardaí in Cork recently received a report of an attempt to defraud a business via email.The email was sent by a person claiming to be the manager of the company and requested that a staff member purchase €2,000 of iTunes gift cards and send on the voucher numbers. Thankfully the employee contacted their manager by phone to verify the request which turned out to be a scam.Gardaí say this is a new variation in the scam which previously operated via phone.That scam involved a victim receiving a phone call, voicemail or email from the scammer, claiming to be a representative of an organisation, in which they would claim the victim owes money. Upon contact with the victim, the scammers would insist immediate payment is required, suggesting the payment needs to be made by purchasing iTunes gift cards from a retailer. In some of these cases, … [Read more...] about Gardaí issue warning about iTunes gift cards scam