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HMRC scam

Alert message sent 19/08/2016 09:00:00

Information sent on behalf of Dorset Alert

Fraudsters contacting victims claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and trick them into paying bogus debts.
 Dorset Police are still receiving reports of this scam so please be aware and alert any family members or friends that you feel may be vulnerable to this. Victims are being contacted in a variety of methods by fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC and are told they owe an outstanding debt. In the hundreds of cases reported in the past, the fraudsters ask for payment in iTunes gift card voucher codes.
 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. In some cases the message will say to press 1 to speak with an officer in charge of your case. Do not press 1 and hang up.
 Spoofed calls: Fraudsters are cold calling victims using a spoofed 0300 200 3300 number 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.
 How to protect yourself:
HMRC will 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.
Never give any payment or personal details away over the phone or by text message.
Report a scam to Action Fraud by using this address or call the non-emergency Police number 101. Also Dorset Police has an online contact page at 

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Simon Wakely (Dorset Police, PCSO 7439, Sherborne Town)

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