ITune / Store Gift cards Scams - October 2017
Police Scotland Forth Valley Division have recently become aware of another ITunes Scam along the same lines as previous incidents whereby members of the public have been receiving phone calls from persons claiming to be from Government Departments such as HMRC (Her Majesty Revenue and Customs) or similar type departments.
The general scam is that the victim is advised that they have underpaid their contributions to the relevant department over the years and they now require to pay this back. The method of payment requested is by way of Store card vouchers or gift card vouchers such as ITunes or similar.
The member of the public will thereafter attend at a relevant outlet (generally a supermarket as identified by the caller) and purchase the cards or voucher. The caller can ask for payments up to Thousands of pounds and will advise the victim that failure to pay may result in them being arrested or taken to jail.
The scammers will arrange to phone back to obtain the relevant validation / identifier codes which are displayed on the rear of the cards / vouchers from the person once the voucher has been purchased. As a result the scammer will now have control over the monetary value of the card / voucher.
THERE IS A SLIGHT CHANGE ON THE MOST RECENT OCCASIONS WHEREBY THE CALLER HAS BEEN KEEPING THE TELEPHONE LINES OPEN.
Please consider elderly family members when reading about this scam and advise them of its existence and encourage them not to engage with any requests of this type
Feel free to highlight this issue via any social media that you have access to.
It may be of note that an information video is available on the Police Scotland Forth Valley Division Facebook page which would be worth viewing.
Your assistance is appreciated
PC C054 Bryan Mackie