News : HMRC Phone Call Scam Targeting Elderly and Vulnerable Say PSNI
Belfast, UK, May, 2018 -- Police are warning the public to be vigilant after a number of reports in relation to a HMRC phone call scam.
Officers say the scam is particularly targetting the elderly and vulnerable and threatening 'serious legal consequences'.
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A PSNI Strabane spokesperson explained: "Over the past few days Police have been contacted in relation to a phone call scam, with cold callers reporting to represent H.M.R.C.
"The scam may take the form of a random phone call with an automated message, warning the person called is under investigation by HMRC and need to call the number given or "face serious legal consequences".
"HMRC are aware of the scam, with the elderly and vulnerable often being targeted. HMRC have also stated they will legitimately call people about outstanding tax bills, and sometimes use automated messages , however it would include your taxpayer reference number.
"In addition HMRC have stated, 'if you are uncertain of the caller, hang up and call HMRC directly to check - you can confirm our call centre numbers online if you are unsure'."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Monday, May 21, 2018
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