In Manchester a woman of 72 was conned into buying £1,300 of iTunes vouchers to pay off a non-existent tax bill. The conman called and claimed he was from HMRC. He said that police would be sent unless she immediately paid off some of the "thousands of pounds debt" she had accumulated.
The conman told her that the only acceptable payment would be in the form of iTunes prepaid voucher cards, which she purchased from Asda and Currys. She then rang the number given by the bogus taxman gave him the voucher codes. Vouchers are redeemable for iTunes music, games and iPhone apps.
It only came to light later what had happened when she told a family member and they realised she had been scammed. Police now believe others may have been targeted, but not reported it.
This is not the first time someone has fallen victim to a similar scam in Manchester, in July last year, an 84 year old man was tricked into buying £1,400 worth of iTunes vouchers by a conman posing as tax inspector.
Officer Amanda Simmonds from GMP said: “This scam is the work of a cruel and heartless confidence trickster and we would like to warn the public not be taken in. We know of one case already, but it is incredibly likely that she is not the only person to have been contacted by this offender or offenders."
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