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HMRC Telephone Fraud

HMRC Telephone Fraud

Police in the Scottish Borders are reminding the public to be vigilant following a recent HMRC fraud.

On Saturday 2nd March a resident near Kelso was contacted by a female caller with Indian or Pakistani accent claiming to be from HMRC. The female told the victim that an audit had been carried out and they had defrauded the HMRC by £5000 for the tax year of 16/17 and that the informant would be arrested and taken to court unless they could pay the money over the phone. Around £12,000 was subsequently transferred by the victim.

Please be extremely wary of unsolicited calls of this nature claiming to be from organisations such as HMRC or your bank and never agree to transfer money between accounts based on a phone call such as this. HMRC and banks will never contact you in this way and Police advice is never to engage with this type of caller. Terminate the call and contact the organisation using the number you would normally contact them on NOT the number given by the caller.

What else can I do that will help protect me from Bogus Phone Callers?

• Consider making your phone number ex-directory.
• Register with the Telephone Preference Service
• Don’t give out any personal information unless you are the one who made the call and you are certain of the identity of the person you are speaking to.
• Don’t give out your credit card or bank card details to strangers on the telephone.
• NEVER tell somebody your bank PIN number, even if they claim to be the bank or police. If the caller is genuine they will never ask for this information.
• Don’t give out information which may infer that you live alone, are older or vulnerable.
• Never send money to anyone who claims to have a prize for you.
• If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

For more information on Identity Theft, Fraud and Scams please visit the Police Scotland Website

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Date: 05/03/2019