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Dorset Alert - Fraud & Scams

Alert message sent 13/09/2016 12:23:00

Information sent on behalf of Dorset Alert

Dorset Police would like to make you aware of the following scams which have occurred in your area.
Please pass this on to Friends, Neighbours & Relatives.

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 http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or call the non-emergency Police number 101. Also Dorset Police has an online contact page at https://www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online/ 

PLEASE BEWARE Scam Artists also claim to be from or attached to legitimate organisations including Banks, Utility Companies, Microsoft & the Police.

Doorstep -
REMEMBER STOP, CHAIN, CHECK
  • Dont let them in - Use you door chain if you have one, if not speak through a locked door
  • Check their identity card - With the chain on or through your letter box. Take your time to look at it carefully. Don't rely on the telephone number on their card for validating them. Search online, in the phonebook or on other corespondents to call the company and confirm identity. Legitimate employees will not mind waiting.
  • Think: are you expecting anyone to call? It is unusual for some companies like the Water Companies to call with out an appointment
  • Look for a logo - On clothes , van and ID Card
If in DOUBT, KEEP them OUT!
 
Should anyone try to or mange to force their way in to you house call the police on 999

By Phone-
REMEMBER
  • Do not give any personal information (inc questions about your house, eg "do you live alone?") or medical Information to people who call you.
  • Do not give payment details to unknown callers
  • Where possible make a note of the number who called
  • Report a scam to Action Fraud by using this address http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud or call the non-emergency Police number 101. Also Dorset Police has an online contact page at https://www.dorset.police.uk/do-it-online/ DDD


Should anyone receive similar contact, please report this to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk Follow this link to the Dorset Police website for crime prevention advice https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/crime-prevention-help-advice/personal-safety/telephone-scams-courier-fraud/
Message sent by
James Marsh (Dorset Police, PCSO 5528, West Moors, St Leonards & Three Legged Cross)

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