Be on your guard against fraudsters

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - CHURCH NEWS - Johnathon Men­zies

Po­lice Scot­land is re­mind­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to be on their guard af­ter an­other in­ci­dent in which a 67-year-old woman was per­suaded by fraudsters to buy iTunes vouch­ers in or­der to re­claim mis-sold PPI.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened last Thurs­day in Blair­gowrie and the woman was told she was due a re­fund of PPI but that the man would have to travel in per­son to give this re­fund to her.

He said he needed the money to cover costs and asked her to pur­chase £210-worth of iTunes vouch­ers.

It fol­lows an­other in­ci­dent ear­lier this month whereby an 84-year-old man was de­frauded of £1000 af­ter crim­i­nals claim­ing to be from HMRC called him and also asked him to buy iTunes vouch­ers.

A Po­lice Scot­land spokesper­son said:“We urge peo­ple to be aware of calls of this na­ture, and in par­tic­u­lar to en­sure their el­derly or vul­ner­a­ble fam­ily, friends and neigh­bours are also aware of this type of scam.

“Don’t dis­close any in­for­ma­tion if the call in­volves trans­fer­ring money, or if any­one asks you to pro­vide or con­firm your bank de­tails.

“Rep­utable busi­nesses or or­gan­i­sa­tions would never re­quest pay­ment in the form of vouch­ers.”

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