Police warn against phone tax scam

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Police warn against phone tax scam

Post by des fisher » Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:49 pm

Police are reminding residents to be alert for telephone scams after an incident in Ipswich. On Monday 12th June, an elderly man received a phone call from someone saying they were from the tax office and that the resident owed money. He was then told he would be arrested unless he purchased £500 of iTunes vouchers. The elderly resident suspected something wasn’t right and reported the incident to police.

Police have also received reports of scam tax emails being sent telling people that they have a tax rebate and to log on to a website with their details.

Fraudsters are contacting the elderly & vulnerable claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs and victims are being told that they have arrest warrants, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name. If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately and report it to police.

HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty and will never ask for payment in this way.

Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display.

Further advice on keeping yourself safe can be found on the Suffolk Police webpage https://www.suffolk.police.uk or the Action Fraud webpage www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Re: Police warn against phone tax scam

Post by des fisher » Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:59 pm

Police are reminding residents to be alert for telephone scams following reports of two incidents this week.

On Monday, 12th June, a man in his 80s from Ipswich received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the tax office. The victim was told he owed a sum of money and that unless he purchased a quantity of music vouchers he would be arrested.
He was warned he would receive a follow up call later that day for confirmation of purchase. The victim suspected something wasn’t right and notified police.

The second incident occurred yesterday, Tuesday 13 June. The victim – a woman in her 80s from Stowmarket – received a call from a man claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police in London. She was told her bank was being investigated for fraud and that she was required to withdraw thousands of pounds from her account. The caller repeated her full name and address to her and advised that officers would personally visit her home to collect this cash and collect her cards to be examined by police forensics. The victim was also warned that she was not to tell anyone about the call as she would be at risk of jeopardising the investigation and she could be taken to court.

She hung up the phone and called 999, but the caller had stayed on the line in an attempt to fool the victim. He then berated her and said that someone would be at her address shortly. The victim hung up again and re-dialled 999 when she was connected to Suffolk Police.
Police would like to praise both victims’ quick-thinking in reporting the incidents and for their suspicion against the nature of both calls. Members of the public are reminded that no police force would call requesting residents hand over cash in this manner.

Fraudsters are contacting the elderly and vulnerable claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and warning victims of arrest warrants, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name.

HMRC will never use text messages or email to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty and will never ask for payment in this way.

For advice on keeping yourself safe against scams, please visit: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z.
Alternatively, report incidents of fraud to Action Fraud using their online reporting tool http://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 1232040.

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