Supermarket saves elderly woman from iTunes scam

The elderly woman tried to buy a voucher from Havelock North New World.
The elderly woman tried to buy a voucher from Havelock North New World. Photo credit: Google Maps

A supermarket worker has saved an 88-year-old woman from falling victim to a $1200 iTunes scam.

Staff became concerned when the pensioner entered the Havelock North New World last week to buy a $1200 iTunes gift card, Stuff reports.

Police were called, when it soon emerged the woman had been called by an Auckland-based scammer telling her she had $6000 of unclaimed pension.

The scammer asked her to provide her bank details as well as send the gift card so she could receive a payout.

According to Stuff, the elderly woman's bank accounts were immediately frozen and her cards cancelled as a precaution.

A similar scam has been reported in Gisborne and other parts of the country.

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