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Voucher Scamming Fraud

Alert message sent 04/04/2019 12:43:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland


The following information was recently circulated by Police Scotland

On the 29th March cruel Scammers phoned an 83 year old Paisley pensioner claiming to be from HMRC (tax office) informing him that he owed them a 4 figure sum of money. The fraudsters requested payment in Google Vouchers and advised him to attend at a local supermarket to purchase said vouchers.

The gentleman was informed that he would be arrested if he failed to comply. The trusting victim purchased £600.00 worth of vouchers before passing the voucher codes to the fraudster by telephone. When the pensioner attempted to buy more vouchers the following day, store staff became suspicious and alerted the police.

Inspector Tracy Harkins said “yet again another vulnerable member of the community has been targeted by these disgusting individuals. I would like to urge local residents to speak with their elderly or vulnerable friends and relatives to prevent this type of crime occurring. Legitimate businesses would never request payment by means of gift vouchers to pay an outstanding debt. We have seen this crime occurring time and time again by means of various voucher requests including iTunes and Google. Unfortunately, the common targets are generally elderly residents.

“If you are in any doubt about the legitimacy of phone calls received please hang up and contact the company or organisation directly, do not use the telephone number provided by the caller”. If you have been a victim of this type of crime, please contact Police Scotland on Telephone Number 101.

Find out here how you can protect yourself - https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/personal-safety/identity-theft-fraud-and-scams


 
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Varrie McDevitt (NHWN, Admin Assistant, NW Scotland)

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