Officers from Staffordshire Police are reminding the public to remain alert following a recent HMRC scam.
Over the last few days, call takers have been contacted by a number of Staffordshire residents who have received phone calls from individuals claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs.
The reported incidents relate to bogus calls from 0161 numbers to elderly homeowners. The caller will claim they are from HMRC, say that you are in debt, and that you are due in court unless you settle your debt by going to the shop and purchasing Google play cards to a high value. This person will stay on the phone whilst you do it, and ask you for the 16 digit code from the back of the cards. They will tell the victim not to call the police.
The advice is to stay vigilant and remember that no government agency, like HMRC, would ring demanding money over the phone and no legitimate company will ask you to buy vouchers to make or receive payment.
Please share this advice with friends or relatives who may not have access to Staffordshire Police updates, particularly elderly parents, grandparents, friends and neighbours.
If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately and please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Alternatively, if you are feeling under threat or unsafe, please call 101 or 999 in an emergency.
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Community Engagement Officer