Quick-think­ing store staff foil gift card scam

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - KATIE SANDS katie.sands@waleson­line.co.uk

TWO su­per­mar­ket em­ploy­ees have been praised for their vig­i­lant and quick-think­ing ac­tions in pre­vent­ing a shop­per from fall­ing vic­tim to a scam.

A woman went into Sains­bury’s in Brid­gend and, thanks to two mem­bers of staff, she was pre­vented from be­ing duped into hand­ing over money.

The scam sees fraud­sters con­tact­ing vic­tims and trick­ing them into pay­ing bo­gus debts and taxes us­ing iTunes gift cards.

A spokesper­son for South Wales Po­lice said: “There are many dif­fer­ent types of scams out there which pray on vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple. The pub­lic – and more specif­i­cally those em­ployed in pub­lic fac­ing roles – are our eyes and ears, and have an im­por- tant role to play in safe­guard­ing those who are tar­geted in this way.

“Th­ese in­di­vid­u­als have led by ex­am­ple – their vig­i­lance and quick think­ing helped pre­vent this woman from be­ing an­other vic­tim.”

This comes af­ter De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Dean Tay­lor said: “We are aware that peo­ple in Brid­gend have been tar­geted by fraud­sters pur­port­ing to be from HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms (HMRC) and we would urge the pub­lic to be vig­i­lant.

“This lat­est scam sees fraud­sters con­tact­ing vic­tims and trick­ing them into pay­ing bo­gus debts and taxes us­ing iTunes gift cards. The per­pe­tra­tors of this cruel scam prey on some of the most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of so­ci­ety, us­ing scare tac­tics to dupe them out of sub­stan­tial amounts of money.

“We want peo­ple to be aware of this new method of scam­ming peo­ple and I’d ask those work­ing in su­per­mar­kets as well as shop­pers to be vig­i­lant if any­thing looks out of place.

“To sup­port this, our Crime Pre­ven­tion Of­fi­cers will be vis­it­ing su­per­mar­kets and a va­ri­ety of stores to ad­vise staff that if peo­ple at­tempt to buy large quan­ti­ties of th­ese cards po­lice should be called prior to sell­ing them.” South Wales Po­lice said:

HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax re­bate or penalty or ever ask for pay­ment in this way;

Tele­phone num­bers and text mes­sages can eas­ily be spoofed, and you shouldn’t trust the num­ber you see on your tele­phone’s dis­play;

If you re­ceive a sus­pi­cious cold call, end it im­me­di­ately;

To re­port a fraud and re­ceive a po­lice crime ref­er­ence num­ber, call Ac­tion Fraud on 0300 123 2040;

To re­port a crime to po­lice, call 101 or con­tact Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

Scam­mers are trick­ing peo­ple into pay­ing debts us­ing iTunes gift cards

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