Current Date:October 28, 2020

Wellington warned of IRD phone scam

The police are warning of phone scammers targeting Wellington telling people to buy iTunes cards.

The police are warning of suspicious phone calls from people claiming to be Inland Revenue.

On Friday, police said they had received “numerous reports” of a phone scam where callers said they were from IRD, and that money was owed.

The scammers claimed that if the person did not pay they would be arrested.

Scammers would often claim the victim needed to pay them with iTunes vouchers.

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Police warned those working in retail to be aware of people buying large amounts of vouchers, and to ask customers questions to check if they were being scammed.

In April, staff at Maidstone Countdown helped an elderly woman who was targeted by a similar scam.

Staff confronted the shaken woman and found she had been called by scammers who knew where she lived, her name, and what kind of car she drove.

People could report suspicious calls or emails to phishing@ird.govt.nz and via the Netsafe website.

There were many different phone numbers being used to run the scam.

People targeted by scams could report the phone numbers to their phone provider to assist with blocking further calls.

Police have already warned of similar scams in other parts of the country, and scammers appeared to be targeting Dunedin last week.

Source: Stuff – https://www.stuff.co.nz/…/wellington-warned-of-ird-phone-sc…

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