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Scam HMRC Calls
Both Suffolk Trading Standards and Suffolk Police are continuing to receive reports of residents receiving calls from individuals purporting to be from HM Revenue & Customs (the tax office).
Fraudsters are typically contacting the elderly and vulnerable, warning victims of arrest warrants, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name.
On occasions, victims have been told to purchase a quantity of music vouchers or told a sum of cash will be collected from their home address.
We would like to remind residents that HMRC will never make phone calls, use text messages or email to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty and will never ask for payment in this way.
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.
Report fraud and cyber crime and receive a police crime reference number.