Scammers are targeting victims in the East Riding claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs asking people to buy iTunes vouchers to clear an outstanding debt.
Officers at East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s trading standards team have received a number of reports from people who have been targeted by the same scam.
The scammers are using a number of methods to contact their victims, including telephone calls, text messages and emails telling them they have arrest warrants, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name. They will then tell the victims the debt or warrant can be settled by buying £300 or £400 of iTunes gift vouchers and giving the scammers the serial code which can easily be sold on.
Councillor Shaun Horton said HM Revenues & Customs would never contact people via text message about a tax rebate or penalty or would never ask for payment in this way.
He said: “People should be incredibly wary of telephone calls or emails particularly as being told that you owe HM Revenues & Customs money or that you are facing a warrant which will lead to jail can be very alarming.
“These criminals can be very convincing but if anyone gets a telephone call, text message or email I would urge them not to respond.
“If anyone receives a cold call about anything and they think it is suspicious, end the call immediately and if the number has come up on the caller display, do not call it back.”
Anyone who has any suspicions around scams should go to www.actionfraud.police.uk