HMRC hoax calls

Alert message sent 28/10/2016 13:54:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

Police in Macclesfield are warning residents to be vigilant following a spate of hoax calls from people claiming to be from HMRC.

Over the course of 25 October 2016 police received 10 reports of people being called by someone purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

The first part of the call is automated and the victim is asked to press one to speak to an advisor. The victim is then informed they are being investigated by HMRC and that someone is on their way to arrest them.

One of the victims was told to purchase £500 worth of iTunes vouchers and that someone would be around to collect the vouchers which would settle an outstanding debt.

HMRC would never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty.

Anyone who believes they have been contacted fraudulently or have been a victim of fraud should call Cheshire Police on 101 and Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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Sarah Wilson (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU PCSO)

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