There are lots of scammers pretending to be from the tax authorities demanding payment and threatening imprisonment, or fines etc for non-payment.
There are also lots of scammers trying to get people to buy gift cards such as Amazon gift cards and iTunes gift cards to give to the scammers as payment.
These scammers don’t need the physical gift cards – just the number identifying the card and that it has been paid for. They can then sell those numbers to other criminals or use them as they wish.
But you would expect that people would only fall for a tax scam if it is believable e.g. a phone call from someone who knows your name, address, employment situation etc.
However, a lot of the tax scammers demand payment in gift cards, especially in iTunes gift cards.
How could anyone possibly think they are dealing with the tax authorities when payment must be in iTunes gift cards?
That makes no sense, but thousands of people have fallen for this scam and gone to the shops to buy the gift cards. Some shops are even wary of people who buy a bundle of high value gift cards in one go and will question the buyer as to what it is for.
The only people who demand payment in gift cards are scammers – that’s simple enough.
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An email from David Lee offering the services of an unknown Chinese company that makes transformers, chokes and coils and they export all over the world. This may just a scam to get people to email back asking why they are receiving such pointless messages or it may a genuine moron who sends out these messages even know they cannot possibly be of any interest to more than one in a million recipients.
Another email offering the cure for diabetes and of course warning that Big Pharma will take the website down soon and it’s all a big conspiracy etc. This one also claims that all diabetes medication is damaging and you will be frightened when you learn the truth that Big Pharma has kept from you. No. Just the usual lies and drivel from the over excited imagination of a greedy stupid scammer.
Yippee! I can win a £250 Morrisons gift card, but the offer is only valid for today. Sadly no. It’s a scam. Morrisons do not have £250 gift cards and they don’t do this kind of promotion. Only scammers do this.
Bitcoin Team sends out messages saying “Hey – Our Records Show You Are Ready To Start Profiting $5,900 Per Day”. Then a link to click to complete the process. Bitcoin is a very popular target for scammers and Bitcoin Team appear every so often with a slightly different wording for their ads but it’s just a con. People can invest in Bitcoin and some make money but these scammers aren’t interested in anything legal – just in stealing from gullible people.
Yet another fake diet scam. “Drinking one cup of this delicious hot beverage in the morning lets you burn more fat than a 45 minute run and in fact some folks are losing up to 23lbs of fat in just 21 days”. Typical scammer rubbish aimed at people desperate to lose weight.
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