Locals are being warned to be on their guard after a spate of phone scams tricking people into buying iTunes vouchers.
Police in Dundee have issued a statement warning of the scam after elderly and vulnerable people have been targeted recently, with scammers pretending to be from the likes of HMRC.
Fraudsters contact their victims and panic them into buying iTunes vouchers from their nearest store before telling them to share the 16-digit code on the back of the card with the caller.
Officers issued the warning after staff at a local store in Forfar foiled a scam whereby a member of the public tried to buy hundreds of pounds worth of iTunes gift cards.
Upon asking the customer, it became clear they were the victim of an attempted scam.
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “HMRC would never make such a request, and any call of this nature is a scam.
“iTunes gift cards can only be used to purchase goods and services on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or for an Apple Music membership.
“If you are contacted by telephone and approached to use the cards for payment out with the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or Apple Music, you are very likely the target of a scam and should immediately report it to the Police.
“Please do not ever provide the numbers on the back of the card to someone you do not know. Once those numbers are provided to the scammers, the funds on the card will likely be spent before you are able to contact Apple and cancel the cards.
“For more advice on Keeping Safe and avoiding scammers please visit www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe.”