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Warning over iTunes voucher scam in Fleet and Bordon

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Warning over iTunes voucher scam in Fleet and Bordon

Published at 8:18am 16th February 2018.

Hampshire Police are warning of fraudsters targeting vulnerable people in areas including Fleet and Bordon.

A number of them have been tricking victims into buying iTunes vouchers as a form of payment.

The calls have often been from people claiming to be BT or payday loan providers.

Officers say those targeted were persuaded to buy the vouchers at shops and relay the serial numbers to the fraudsters - who then sell them on.

In one case, a 78-year-old woman from Fordingbridge was called last week by a man claiming to be from HMRC.

He said that the woman owed hundreds of pounds and that she might have to go to court if she did not pay it back.

He told her to buy iTunes vouchers to the value of the debt and then tell him the serial numbers, which she did.

However, when the man called her a day later, asking for more money, she became suspicious and reported the scam.

Sarah Cohen, crime prevention advisor at Hampshire Constabulary, said: “We know that those fraudsters who call in this way can often be very convincing, making money out people who are often vulnerable.

“No reputable organisation will ask for payment in iTunes in this way. If you get a call like this, hang up and report it to us via 101.

“If you have friends or family who you think may be vulnerable to this type of fraud, please make them aware of our advice.

“We would also like those that work in shops to be vigilant. If you see someone looking confused at a voucher stand, or trying to buy a large amount of vouchers, talk to them. Tell them you think they may be involved in a scam and you are there to help. You can call police on 101 to report your concerns - we need to know about these crimes and we can also help the victim.”

Hampshire Policed has issued the following advice:

- Never give personal or bank account details to anyone who contacts you unexpectedly

- Never tell anyone your PIN number

- If you have given out information which could compromise your bank security in any way, call your bank to cancel your cards as soon as possible

- Never hand over your card, money or valuables to someone at the door to be sent off elsewhere

- If you are concerned about an unsolicited phone call from someone that you do not know, who asks you to hand over money please report this to police as a suspicious incident by calling 101.

Anyone who is concerned about similar incident should contact police by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, please call 999.

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