Gardaí issue URGENT public warning about HORRIBLE new scam

17th Aug 18 | News

If you fear you have been a victim of this scam, pick up the phone and call Gardai!

Gardai have issued an urgent public warning over a dangerous new scam that's doing the rounds -and it involves Apple's iTunes gift cards.

Fraudsters have developed a new iTunes gift card based scam that could see victims lose THOUSANDS. 

The notice was issued after gardaí in Cork recently received a report of an attempt to defraud a business via email. The email was sent by a person claiming to be the manager of the company and requested that a staff member purchase €2,000 of iTunes gift cards and send on the voucher numbers.

A Garda spokesman said:

"The email was sent by a person claiming to be the manager of the company and requested that a staff member purchase €2,000 of iTunes gift cards and send on the voucher numbers.

Thankfully the employee contacted their Manager by phone to verify the request which turned out to be a scam."

This is a new variation in the scam which previously operated via phone.

The Garda spokesman explained:

"The scammers will insist immediate payment is required, suggesting the payment needs to be made by purchasing iTunes gift cards from a retailer.

In some of these cases, victims are told they are facing criminal charges.

Once the victim has purchased these cards, the scammers will ask the victim to share the 16-digit code on the back of the card over the phone. The scammers will then use this code to purchase goods online."

Gardaí are advising people to be vigilant and suspicious of any calls, voicemails or emails from people claiming to represent a company, or organisation that you may be a customer or employee of. They may ask you to purchase gift cards or vouchers.

Gardaí say no company will request payment via iTunes or any other online vouchers. If you receive a call like this, end the call and contact Gardaí.

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