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Fraud scam alert

Alert message sent 11/07/2019 13:58:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Fraud / scam alert:
An increase in malicious calls and voicemails are being reported about Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) or from the Government stating that as a result of non-payment prosecution etc will follow which can be avoided by using bank transfer or paying by itune vouchers! There often follows threats of immediate arrest, sending bailiffs or even deportation with dates being quoted as too long ago for paperwork to have been retained.
There may also be warnings that you must not contact the Police or a solicitor.
 
A genuine case would be notified by HMRC by post with a reference number to quote and the advice is:
 
1. Always question unsolicited requests and contact the company or in this case HMRC or Government separately by phone using a trusted number
 
2. No legitimate company would ask for payment using itune vouchers!
 
3. Do not be rushed or pressured into making a decision. No genuine bank or organisation such as HMRC would force you to make an 'on the spot' financial transaction

4. Do not be worried about contacting the Police if you are unsure
 
5. Report 'phishing' attempts to Action Fraud 0300 123 2040
 
The police are aware that there has been an increase in  reports showing that we need to share this information as widely as possible please…..family, friends ,neighbours etc who may be vulnerable to this type of crime
Message sent by
Almera Toogood (Police, PCSO, East Hampshire District)

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