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Victim parts with £2,000 in iTunes scam in Swansea

Residents in Swansea are being warned to be on their guard against scam artists attempting to trick people into buying iTunes vouchers and handing over the codes.


Swansea Council Trading Standards is issuing the warning after receiving a call from a elderly victim who was tricked into parting with £2,000 worth of iTunes vouchers after they received a 'cold call' from a scammer claiming to be calling on behalf of HMRC.

The Council has previously visited around 40 retailers and supermarkets in the city in a joint operation with police.  Shop staff were advised to be on lookout for people who are trying to purchase large value amounts of the vouchers and check why they need them.

Rhys Harries from Swansea Council's Trading Standards said: "In this latest case, the caller claims to be from HMRC and explains that a tax bill needs to be made. They are then advised to purchase iTunes vouchers to pay the tax bill and pass on the codes to the scammers.

"We are working closely with shops in the city so they are aware of this practice and can be in a position to ask questions if a consumer is attempting to purchase large quantities.

"We would again urge retailers selling iTunes vouchers to be vigilant and try and identify these instances."

The latest complaint follows two previous complaints where two further victims parted with £1,700.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "This is an appalling practice which is designed to target older and more vulnerable people - particularly those who may not know what iTunes vouchers are.

"If you have older family members then our advice is to tell them about this scam and let them know what they need to be aware of."

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