Warwickshire Police have become aware of a new type of telephone fraud that has occurred in the past week. Inspector Daf Goddard is urging everyone to be aware of this new type of fraud and to make sure that this warning is promptly shared as much and as widely with friends, neighbours and relatives.
Fraudsters are cold-calling elderly people purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC). They are requesting the transfer of funds for overdue taxes and making threats of arrest if people do not comply.
Warwickshire Police would urge people to end any telephone conversations of this nature immediately and report the incident by calling 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
HMRC do NOT telephone individuals demanding payment of taxes nor do they ask for immediate transfer of monies from from taxpayers bank accounts by telephone. No matter how plausible any such telephone call maybe DO NOT provide any personal details or transfer monies.
Replace the receiver and when you come to use the telephone again make sure the line has cleared and there is a dialling tone , if you do not do so then the fraudsters could still be on the line and pretend to be who you think you are telephoning.
Remember if you, or anyone you know, receives one of these type of calls please report to it to Warwickshire Police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040