Monday 23 January 2017

Woman conned out of £11,400 in 'fake tax inspector' vouchers scam

Published 03/06/2016 | 17:26

Police want to make the public and shop workers aware of the scam
Police want to make the public and shop workers aware of the scam

A woman was conned out of more than £11,000 after being told to buy iTunes vouchers by someone posing as a tax inspector.

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Warwickshire Police are investigating after the victim was told she owed the Inland Revenue £10,000 after failing to complete her tax returns.

Officers said the woman in her 60s was threatened with police attending her property in Stratford-upon-Avon and was told her car could be seized.

The man, who called the victim on Tuesday May 31, said she needed to settle the debt by purchasing gift cards which could be redeemed via the iTunes store.

Altogether she bought £11,400 in vouchers from six stores, police said.

After she had purchased the cards, the woman was told to remove the security tape from the back and read out the serial numbers.

Detective Sergeant Jordan Baker said: "As you would expect, the victim is extremely distressed following this incident. We're doing all we can to support her and identify those responsible.

"This is the first time we have seen this tactic used by offenders and we're keen to make the public and shop workers aware to in order prevent others falling victim."

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