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Another scam: Police warning over fake tax calls

Created on 25/08/2016 @ 19:56
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Dyfed-Powys Police has issued a warning to Welshpool area residents following numerous reports of a phone scam over the last few days.

Officers have received reports of someone purporting to be from the Her Majesty Revenue and Customs (HMRC) asking for money.

DC Gareth Jordan said: “It would appear that The area has been targeted with a phone scam and I am very keen to get the message out to the whole of our police force area that this is a scam.

“It is probably a non-UK company carrying out these calls in an effort to phish details from the victim, and eventually get them to pay money stating that they owe taxes.

“The HMRC would never target people in this way and would certainly never ask for money or bank details over the phone.

“Please be vigilant, do not part with any money or personal information. Remember - It is OK not to speak with cold callers - just put the phone down. If you are concerned please contact police on 101.

Fraudsters are contacting victims in three ways:

• Voicemails: Fraudsters are leaving victims automated voicemails saying that they owe HMRC unpaid taxes. When victims call back on the number provided, they are told that there is a warrant out in their name and if they don’t pay, the police will arrest them.
• Spoofed calls: Fraudsters are cold calling victims using a spoofed 0300 200 3300number and convincing them that they owe unpaid tax to HMRC. 
• Text messages: Fraudsters are sending text messages that require victims to urgently call back on the number provided. When victims call back, they are told that there is a case being built against them for an outstanding debt and they must pay immediately. 

Top tips on how to avoid scams:

• HMRC would never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever 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. 
• If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.
       • Do not enter into conversation with them, provide them with any personal details   or send them any
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