CRIME PREVENTION MESSAGE - SCAM CALLS

Alert message sent 13/09/2018 14:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Wiltshire Police


We are urging residents to be vigilant following a number of reports of scam phone calls from fraudsters. There are several scams going around

One such scam is a call claiming to be from HMRC.

 

A number of elderly and vulnerable people have received calls from fraudsters saying they are from HM Revenue and Customs in recent weeks.

 

The victims are told they have arrest warrants, or outstanding debts in their name and the fraudsters will often ask victims to purchase iTunes gift cards as payment.

 

Text messages are also being used asking victims to call back on a number provided. They are then told they must pay back outstanding debt.

 

The most recent incident was reported by an elderly lady in the Warminster area who had received a call from fraudsters who said she owed tax money – if she didn’t pay she was told she would be arrested.

 

It is important to remember that HMRC will never use texts to tell you about tax rebates or penalties, and will never ask for payment.

 

“We urge anyone who receives a suspicious phone call to end it immediately and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.”

 

Please spread the word to family and friends.

Message sent by
Lee Pelling (Police, Constable, Wiltshire West Community Policing Team)

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