Wednesday, 20 December 2017

HM Revenue and Customs warns on iTunes gift card scam



Hundreds of older and vulnerable people are getting ripped off by fraudsters who tell them to buy iTunes gift cards to pay their tax bills.

 
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) said there have been 1,500 reports of such scams since the start of last year.


Most victims are over 65 and lose £1,150 each on average.


HMRC has said it is working with Apple and campaign groups to make sure the public know how to spot the scam and to whom they should report it.


Here's how it works: Victims are first cold-called by the fraudsters, who pose as staff from HMRC.
They tell them they owe large amounts of tax.


The householders are then told to go and buy digital vouchers or gift cards, redeemable on sites such as iTunes, and read out the code.


Many of the victims agree to follow the instructions, as they don't know what an iTunes voucher is.
The conmen sell the codes on, or purchase high-value products, at the victim's expense.




BBC     News.