Two Thatcham women were targeted by fraudsters who claimed the pair were owed thousands of pounds by their bank, which would be given to them if they paid £150 in iTunes vouchers.
A 67-year-old from Coombe Court and a 45-year-old from Hollywell Court both received phone calls on March 16 from tricksters claiming to be from the Ministry of Justice claims department.
They stated that the women were each owed £2,500 by their bank.
In order to claim the money, the offenders said they would have to pay £150 in tax – payable in iTunes or Neosurf vouchers – and would accept serial numbers over the phone or would attend in person to collect them.
Police are now appealing for information about the calls, and are reminding residents that banks would never ask for money to be transferred to someone they don’t know.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference URN 797 16/3 and URN 1022 16/3.