ITunes scam

Central Leader - - MILESTONES - STAFF RE­PORTER

No, you can’t pay your fines with iTunes vouch­ers, or any other voucher for that mat­ter.

Po­lice have is­sued a warn­ing over calls pur­port­ing to come from gov­ern­ment agen­cies de­mand­ing pay­ments for fines, in the form of iTunes or other vouch­ers.

De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Iain Chap­man says the calls look as if they are com­ing from New Zealand num­bers when they’re ac­tu­ally from over­seas.

Chap­man says po­lice are see­ing huge num­bers of these calls com­ing through, with over 900,000 calls com­ing from one New Zealand num­ber over June and July.

‘‘It’s re­ally im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that gov­ern­ment agen­cies will never re­quire or ask you to pay a fine by us­ing an iTunes voucher.

‘‘If you get a call from some­one say­ing you need to pay a fine by iTunes vouch­ers, po­lice’s ad­vice is just to hang up.’’

He says el­derly peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar were be­ing tar­geted.

‘‘If you do have fam­ily mem­bers or rel­a­tives who are not tech­no­log­i­cally savvy, we do ask that you have a chat with them about this so they do not fall vic­tim to this type of scam.’’

If you do have out­stand­ing fines and are con­cerned, you should find the con­tact de­tails of the or­gan­i­sa­tion from the phone book or their web­site and use the generic num­ber listed, Chap­man says.

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