Victims are being contacted in a variety of methods by fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC and are being told they owe an outstanding debt.
They ask for payment in iTunes gift card voucher codes or request bank details.
Methods fraudsters use:
Fraudsters cold call victims using a spoofed number and convince them that they owe unpaid tax to HMRC.
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
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.
How to protect yourself:
-HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.
Report fraud and cyber crime and receive a police crime reference number - https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
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We have seen an increase of reports in the Chester area so please share this advice with friends and family.