Gift Card Scam being Targeted at Councillors. Warning from Detective Constable Gareth Jordan from the Cyber Crime Unit at Dyfed Powys Police HQ, Carmarthen
We have been having a number of calls stating councillors are emailing constituents asking for Gift Cards to be purchased.
This is a scam, be aware of the danger.
I have pasted one such email below, I have redacted the name and email of the recipient, but left the senders email address (suspect) but some are going out in texts as well…
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From: Cllr. J.E. Jones <email@example.com>
Date: Tuesday, 25 August 2020, 08:40 +0100
Subject: Re: Sorry to bother you
XXX, I am in a conference meeting right now as I would be working till late midnight but need you to get me some gift cards.Could you pick a
few iTunes gift cards for me, i tried purchasing online but no luck. When I’m done with the meeting I will reimburse you.