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WARNING REGARDING TELEPHONE SCAM

Alert message sent 23/05/2019 19:10:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland


POLICE WARNING REGARDING HMRC PHONE SCAM 

Police are investigating two recent incidents of phone fraud in East Lothian where a caller, falsely claiming to be from HMRC, has stated that there is a warrant out for their arrest if they did not pay an outstanding tax bill.

In both instances, the people in receipt of the call, who were both elderly and vulnerable, were asked to purchase pre-paid cards, such as Amazon and Google play, as payment for the outstanding 'debt'.

Please remember, a genuine caller wouldn’t demand payment or details over the phone.

IF IN DOUBT, END THE CALL.

Please pass this warning onto relatives/friends/neighbours that may be at risk of falling for this scam.

For more information on how to recognise and prevent scam calls and emails, follow: https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/personal-safety/identity-theft-fraud-and-scams
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Allen Paul (Police, Constable, Lothian and Scottish Borders)

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