Scam warn­ing

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News -

Po­lice are warn­ing Mon­k­lands res­i­dents to be on their guard against a tele­phone scam where vic­tims are be­ing con­tacted by fraud­sters claim­ing to be from HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms (HMRC).

There have been a num­ber of in­ci­dents re­ported across La­nark­shire re­cently where el­derly vic­tims have been asked to pay nonex­is­tent tax debts us­ing iTunes gift cards.

The scam­mers don’t need the ac­tual cards to redeem the value, but get vic­tims to read out the se­rial codes on the back over the phone.

Con­tact is made via phone calls, text mes­sages and au­to­mated voice mes­sages.

Sergeant Susan Rae said: “These fraud­sters are tar­get­ing el­derly peo­ple in par­tic­u­lar, and this once again high­lights there are crim­i­nals out there who will take ad­van­tage of any­one and use any means, no mat­ter what, to com­mit crime.

“I would urge peo­ple to en­sure that they pass on de­tails of this scam to rel­a­tives, friends or neigh­bours who could be po­ten­tial vic­tims.

“HMRC will never ask for any money owed in the form of gift vouch­ers. They will write to you of­fi­cially re­gard­ing any gen­uine is­sues.

“Our ad­vice is be aware of this scam and end any sus­pi­cious cold calls you re­ceive, then re­port it to Po­lice Scot­land.

“Any vic­tims of such a crime, or any­one with any con­cerns of this na­ture can con­tact their lo­cal po­lice of­fice via 101.”

For fur­ther ad­vice on keep­ing safe, please visit the per­sonal safety page on the Po­lice Scot­land web­site at www.scot­land. po­lice.uk/keep-safe/ per­sonal-safety/

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