Trading Standards news 28 October

We've been made aware of an instance of gift card fraud in Suffolk this week.

The resident received a message via WhatsApp advising that a celebrity wanted to gift them a large sum of money, however first they needed to make a payment by purchasing iTunes Gift Cards from the nearest retailer. After the cards had been purchased, the victim was asked to 'pay' by sharing the 16-digit code on the back of the card with the caller.

Action Fraud have seen a recent increase in this type of fraud with a total reported loss of approximately £520k since May 2016. If you receive a call asking for any kind of payment via gift cards, immediately hang up and report it to us or Action Fraud via 0300 123 2040. Share this information with friends, family and neighbours to make sure that they are scam aware!

For more information on gift card scams, visit the Action Fraud website.

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