Police have issued a warning about a scam where a fraudster pretending to be from HM Revenue & Customs tries to trick victims into paying bogus debts and taxes using iTunes gift cards.
An elderly man from Kirk Ella, East Yorkshire, nearly fell victim to the fraudsters after receiving a phone call telling him he owed money to HMRC. He was told he faced arrest unless he bought £500 worth of iTunes vouchers and told the scammer the codes over the phone.
Fearing arrest the man went to a nearby shop to buy the gift cards where fortunately, a member of staff questioned him about why he needed so much. The man then explained what had happened.
Believing it to be a scam, the member of staff advised the man that this was not likely to be a genuine call and took him to the local police station to report the matter.
Humberside Police are investigating the incident. They are also warning people to speak to elderly relatives and friends about the scam.