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Pensioners are falling victim to a bizarre HMRC scam involving using iTunes vouchers to settle phoney tax debts.

This week two women in the 70s have both fallen victim scam phone calls, with fraudsters posing as HMRC workers and making demands for overdue tax bills.

Bizarrely, the scam requests victims to pay hundreds of pounds in iTunes vouchers.

Merseyside Police say a 77-year-old woman from Woolton received one of the calls at around 1pm on Thursday, January 11.

Another elderly woman in the area received a similar phonecall at around 3:30pm.

Both of the calls came from a Manchester 0161 dialling code – and the incidents were reported to police before the iTunes vouchers could be collected.

Officers from Merseyside Police have issued a warning about the scam.


In the hundreds of cases reported to Action Fraud since May 2017, fraudsters have been continually requesting victims purchase Apple iTunes gift cards as a means of payment for cons involving Her Majesty Revenues and Customs (HMRC).

The fraudsters are using the following contact methods to defraud people:

• Voicemails: Fraudsters are leaving victims automated voicemails stating they owe HMRC unpaid taxes. When victims call back on the number provided, they are told that there is a warrant out for their arrest, unless they make payment via iTunes Vouchers

• Spoofed calls: Fraudsters are cold calling victims using a spoofed 0300 200 3300 number and convincing them that they owe unpaid…



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