The old iTunes scam to pay an outstanding tax bill is still proving plentiful for fraudsters and has evolved to encourage people to pay off other supposed real bills such as hospital bills, bail money, debt collection fees and utility bills in similar manner.
The trick to ensure the victim buys iTune vouchers to settle a bill is clearly still a rife scam that needs to be publicised to act as a warning.
Here's how it works: victims are first cold-called by the fraudsters, who pose as staff from HMRC. They tell them they owe large amounts of tax. The householders are then told to go and buy digital vouchers or gift cards, redeemable on sites such as iTunes, and read out the code. Many of the victims agree to follow the instructions, as they don't know what an iTunes voucher is. The conmen sell the codes on, or purchase high-value products, at the victim's expense.