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Police warn of Macclesfield iTunes scam

Resident targeted by fraudsters claiming to be from Government departments.

Cheshire Police are warning people to remain vigilant following a number of hoax phone calls from scammers claiming to be from the Court Service or HM Revenue & Customs.

On each occasion the victim receiving the call would be told they were being investigated for monies owed, and if these debts were not paid they would be arrested.

They were then given the option of paying the outstanding balance in iTunes vouchers. Victims were advised this could be done by buying iTunes gift cards from retailers and calling the fraudsters back with the card's serial number.

Officers are pleased to report that in these most recent instances, those getting the calls were aware they were being duped and reported the incidents.

Inspector Angela Marinari from Macclesfield Local Policing Unit said:

"The threat of being arrested has caused (these residents) unnecessary anxiety and concern.

We are working closely with local stores to help prevent vulnerable residents from purchasing large quantities of vouchers... HMRC and the Courts would never call you and ask you to settle a balance over the phone using vouchers."

Anyone who has been contacted by these fraudsters is advised to report the incident to Cheshire Police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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