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Telephone Scam Alert

Alert message sent 09/09/2016 09:40:00

Information sent on behalf of Dorset Alert

A Longburton resident received a telephone call from a person claiming to be a representative of Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC). The caller said that a law suit was being filed against the local resident for an unpaid debt. This was a common scam telephone call and fortunately the recipient of the call was aware of scam calls and hung up.

Sherborne Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to thank the Longburton Home Watch group for reporting this attempted fraud.

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 spoof 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.  

To report fraud or an attempted fraud, visit the Action Fraud website which also contains a huge amount of advice to keep yourself safe from fraudsters:

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

PCSO 6269 Jones

 
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Mark Jones (Dorset Police, PCSO 6269, Sherborne Rural)

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