Evening Telegraph

Local woman, 57, conned out of £1,900 after being told to pay back ‘internet provider’ in iTunes vouchers scam

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A woman in the local area has been conned out of £1,900 after falling for an iTunes vouchers scam.

The 57-year-old from the Angus area was duped after a man called out of the blue on Monday claiming to be from her internet provider.

The conman claimed she was due a refund due to recent power cuts in the area. However, he then went on to say she had been overpaid and asked for he to buy iTunes vouchers to cover the error.

As a result, the victim purchased the vouchers, totalling £1,900.

Police have now issued a warning following the latest scam involving iTunes vouchers.

A statement said that the scam always follows the same formula, regardless of the reason for contacting.

A spokesman for the force said: “The victim receives a call instilling panic and urgency to make a payment to clear the debt by purchasing iTunes Gift Cards from the nearest retailer.

“After the cards have been purchased, the victim is asked to pay the alleged outstanding debt by sharing the 16-digit code on the back of the card with the caller over the phone.

“No genuine company or government department would ever make such a request and any call of this nature is a scam. Please, and we cannot stress this enough, do not ever be led to believe that you owe anyone money which can be paid through vouchers or giftcards.

“Also, can we ask that if you are the carer for someone who is vulnerable, please try and keep track of any actions they take regarding this type of scam, as those calling can be very convincing.

“We will continue to visit supermarkets and electronic retailers in the area to provide advice on what to look out for should someone try to buy a large amount of vouchers.

“For more advice on Keeping Safe and avoiding scammers please visit www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe.”