Crime Prevention – HMRC Scam Phonecalls
On 15th June this year my colleague PC Nick Westmacott sent out a community alert regarding scam phone calls, usually made to elderly victims, in which recipients were informed of an outstanding tax bill with HMRC and instructed to purchase large quantities of iTunes vouchers in order to pay the debt. They are later contacted again during which the offender obtains the voucher codes.
This scam continues. On 8th August Police in the Cotswolds were notified of a further offence. An 86 year old lady from Cirencester was contacted by a scammers purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs. She was told she owed HMRC money and threatened with court action. In this instance she was instructed to purchase £700.00 of Google Play vouchers and provided the offender with the codes to enable their use.
Although most of us would not fall victim to this type of crime the offenders will target vulnerable members of the community and need very few ‘successes’ to make it worth their while.
Our incident number is 325 of the 8th and the investigating officer is PC Nigel Bates. His message is, “HMRC will never cold call you and (obviously) would never make such a demand.” Please consider sharing this message with older family members and neighbours.
Message Sent By
Garrett Gloyn (Police, PS, Cirencester)