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/