Police in Portland Stop Current Phone Scam


Portland police said on Thursday that they have stopped the current phone scam, while rescuing a woman who believes that she has been paying iTunes gift cards worth thousands of dollars to the IRS.

The police received a tip from an unidentified person about a woman buying the gift cards, and locate her talking on phone inside a parking lot of Portland, with lots of gift cards on her car's passenger seat.

As per Portland police Sweatt, the woman aged 24years already lost $8,700 to scammers by the time police intervened.

Sweatt says that according to her, she was on phone with IRS and they were asking her to pay them in iTunes gift cards. She also told the officers that she had to spend hours for getting money from the banks and then buying gift cards.

"This is not how property taxes are paid. People are being duped into using Apple's iTunes cards to pay various scammers", Fansler added.

Highlandstoday.com posted on July 21st, 2016, quoting Fansler as saying that when we are discussing about few other recent incidents, another man strolled past us and then took 2 iTunes cards and moved towards retail counter. He was trying to get $850 on two cards.

He said that these victims do not have any chance of recovering money from these scams. He further said that "we've seen people - young, middle-aged, seniors - be victimized this way, either tricked with clever gimmicks or threatened or coerced into believing they are talking to legitimate sources".

Scammers are getting people to put a huge sum of money on one or more cards, depending upon the amount asked for, and after that asked the victims to call back scammer with numbers on the card. Apple cards that are virtually undetectable, and hence it becomes impossible for the law enforcement to track the purchases and location of the purchaser.

Fansler warned that the scam is extremely dangerous for your money. He further warned that "it is being used along with some of the older scams such as the 'Grandparents Scam' where a person claiming to be a grandchild calls and states they have been arrested or injured in an accident, or whatever deceptive story they may choose, and needs money quickly".

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