Telford phone scam warning
20th July 2017
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West Mercia Police are urging Telford residents to be aware of a recent spate of scammers contacting victims claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

The fraudsters are claiming to be from HMRC and are telling targeted victims that they owe an outstanding debt. In most cases they ask for payment in iTunes gift card voucher codes.

Victims are being contacted in a variety of methods by fraudsters including by phone, voicemail and text.

  • Spoofed calls: Fraudsters cold call victims using a spoofed number and convince them that they owe unpaid tax to HMRC. 
  • Voicemails: Fraudsters leave victims automated voicemails saying that they owe HMRC unpaid taxes. When victims call back on the number provided, they are told that there is a warrant out in their name and if they don’t pay, the police will arrest them
  • Text messages: They may also use text messages that ask victims to urgently call back on the number provided. When victims call back, they are told that there is a case being built against them for an outstanding debt and they must pay immediately.  

Fraudsters like iTunes gift cards to collect money from victims because they can be easily redeemed and easily sold on. The scammers don’t need the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back over the phone. 

For more information please visit the action fraud website.

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