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      HMRC Scam Doing The Rounds Again In Sussex


      Monday 4th March 2019


      Phone fraudsters use tax evasion claims to lure victims

      Do you have vulnerable or elderly neighbours, friends or family? Please share this information with them… Thank you.

      Elderly and vulnerable people are being warned to beware of phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be from HM Customs and Revenue (HMRC) or the police.

      The bogus callers claim the targeted person is wanted for tax evasion and is arrestable on warrant unless they pay a cash sum - usually some £3,000 to £4,000 - to clear their 'debt'.
      Some even address victims by name, or use a number that is often displayed as the official number of the agency they claim to represent, to add credibility to their call.

      But the genuine authorities stress that people would never be texted or telephoned by them out of the blue with requests for payments, to log in to an online account or to disclose personal information, such as PIN numbers, passwords or bank details.

      Anyone receiving such contact should hang up and report the call - preferably using a separate phone or computer in case the criminals have kept the line open - to police here, at 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

      It is understood that HMRC received more than 60,000 reports of phone scams in the six months up to January 2019, an increase of 360 per cent on the preceding six months.

      Sergeant Kat Argholeka, of Sussex Police, said: "This underlines the importance of never giving out private information and reporting any suspicious activity without delay.

      "We'd also ask friends or relatives of potentially vulnerable people to ensure they are fully aware and alert to the risks."

      For further advice, please see: https://www.sussex.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/personal-fraud/prevent-personal-fraud


      Help us keep Sussex safe

      If you saw or heard anything, or have any information about any incident in this message please contact us online, email us at 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101

      Alternatively you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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