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HMRC iTunes Gift Card Scam

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HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and Apple have warned of a recent scam targeting older and vulnerable people. 

How does the scam work? 

Victims are cold-called by the fraudsters who pose as staff from HMRC. They tell them that they owe large amounts of tax. They are then told to go and buy digital gift vouchers or gift cards, redeemable on sites such as iTunes, and read out the code. 

As many of the victims do not know what an iTunes voucher is, many of them agree and follow their instructions. The fraudsters then sell the codes on or purchase high value products at the victim’s expense. 

This trick has also been used to persuade people to pay hospital bills, bail money, debt collection fees and utility bills. 

Do you have elderly relatives?

Please warn them about this scam. Remind them that they should never trust anyone who phones them out of the blue and asks them to pay a tax bill. HMRC would never ask for outstanding payments using iTunes gift cards. 

What if you think you have been a victim?

HMRC advise you to call Action Fraud immediately. 

For more details read more here

If you have had any similar issues to this, or would like to discuss this story further please contact one of our specialists on 01245 453864 or alternatively email me on jess.elwell@birkettlong.co.uk

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