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Perth and Kinross Community Watch Perth and Kinross Community Watch

GIFT CARD SCAM RESURFACES IN DUNDEE

Alert message sent 06/09/2019 14:57:00

Information sent on behalf of Police Scotland


Police Scotland would like to warn the public that it has received complaints regarding a variation on a previous scam involving vouchers being used.

Scammers contact victims, usually elderly or vulnerable people, by telephone and ask them to make payments over the phone for various things. In this latest instance, it is claiming that they are due to receive a large sum of money through PPI or something similar, but first they need to make a payment to the provider.

The latest scam requires the victim to go and purchase a large number of Amazon vouchers. After the cards have been purchased, the victim is asked to pay the alleged outstanding debt by sharing the 16-digit code on the back of the card with the caller over the phone.

No reputable firm or organisation would ever make such a request, and any call of this nature is a scam. Fortunately, earlier this week staff at Morrison’s supermarket in Dundee noticed a member of the public attempting to buy hundreds of £s worth of these cards, asked them why, and alerted police. This has saved the potential victim a very large sum of money.

Gift Cards and vouchers can ONLY be used to purchase goods and services, and cannot be used as payment for anything else. If you are contacted by telephone and approached to use the cards for payment outwith their intended store or website, you are very likely the target of a scam and should immediately report it to the Police.

Please do not ever provide the numbers on the back of the card to someone you do not know. Once those numbers are provided to the scammers, the funds on the card will likely be spent before you are able to contact the relevant company and cancel the cards.

For more advice on Keeping Safe and avoiding scammers please visit www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe.

 
 
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Shirley Duff (Police Scotland, Public Enquiry & Support Assistant, Highland Perthshire)

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