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HMRC phone scam warning

[C]umbria Police are aware of a scam regarding people posing as members of HMRC in their attempts to gain money from members of the public.

The telephone scam relates to a caller purporting to be a HMRC employee who states that there is a tax payment outstanding. They say if money is not transferred that they will contact the police who will then look to arrest.

It is believed that the suspects are targeting elderly and vulnerable people.

Inspector Jon Sherlock of the Community Safety Unit said: “Our advice for such scams is to politely decline to hand over any money and to take the details of the caller and ring HMRC on 0870 280 2566 to check if it is an actual case or fraudulent.

“The HMRC website states they would never use these methods to tell you about a tax rebate, a penalty or even to get personal payment information.

“We would like to advise the public to be wary of such scams.”

Anyone who comes across such a scam should contact Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.org.uk or contact the Action Fraud Hotline on 0300 123 2040 as they are the investigatory body for offences of this type.

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