Po­lice is­sue warn­ing

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS -

La­nark­shire Po­lice are warn­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic 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 re­cently where vic­tims have been asked to pay non-ex­is­tent 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: “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 to be aware of this scam and end any sus­pi­cious cold calls you re­ceive, then re­port it to Po­lice Scot­land.”

Con­tact your lo­cal po­lice of­fice on the 101 num­ber.

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