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Beware the iTunes gift card scam

20 December 2017

HMRC is warning the public about a high profile phone scam that is conning vulnerable and elderly people out of thousands of pounds.

The scammers are preying on victims by cold calling them and impersonating an HMRC member of staff. They tell them that they owe large amounts of tax, which they can only pay off through digital vouchers and gift cards, including those used by Apple iTunes Store.

Victims are told top go to a local shop, buy the vouchers and then read out the redemption code to scammers who have kept them on the phone the whole time.

The scammers frequently use intimidation to get what they want, threatening to seize the victim’s property or involve the police.

HMRC says it would never request the settling of debt through such a method!

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