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Council warning over HMRC scam calls

Following similar warnings issued last year Northumberland County Council, Trading Standards Service are once again warning people to be aware of telephone calls that claim to be from HMRC Inland Revenue.

Following on from reports in 2017,  the council has received further calls from residents advising about an automated recording announcement that claims there is a lawsuit against them and warrant out for their arrest. The message says it is time sensitive that the person responds on the telephone number they provide. Several complaints say the call is from area code 0203, however it is suspected that the calls are diverted from elsewhere in the world.

One resident who rang the number was informed that the claim could be for as much as £50,000, however they would take payment of £5000 to close the case. Thankfully no money was paid.

David Sayer, the Council’s Business Compliance and Public Safety Unit Manager, said: “We advise all consumers to be wary of receiving calls from unknown sources. Callers will try to trick people into providing bank details, so don’t be pressured. We continue to be alarmed by the lengths that telesales operations will go to, to get consumers to part with their hard-earned money.”

Councillor John Riddle, Cabinet Member for Planning, Housing and Resilience said: “Sadly these types of scams continue therefore we urge householders to be on their guard and warn elderly relatives and neighbours.”

Anyone who thinks they have received or been victim to a hoax should call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506. 

They can report these incidents on the Action Fraud website , or via 0300 123 2040.
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