Police warning about tax scams
11:01am Sunday 1st September 2013 in County News
DYFED-POWYS Police is have issued a warning about tax scams after some people in Pembrokeshire received emails from a fraudulent organisation claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs.
As part of its commitment to help reduce crimes in the elderly and vulnerable community, the police are warning people to be aware of a variety of sophisticated scams.
The emails were sent randomly from an organisation claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs, (Tax Credit Office, PO Box 1970, Liverpool, L75 1WX) and stated the recipient was eligible to receive a tax refund, following a calculation of their fiscal activity over the last year.
It then stated that the tax refund could be accessed by downloading the tax refund form attached, opening it in a browser (recommended Mozilla Firefox) and following the instructions on the screen.
It stated a refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.
This type of offence can easily deceive vulnerable people and have a devastating impact on their lifestyle and confidence.
PC Trish Dixon said: “I would urge people not to be taken in by this as HMRC notify refunds via letter and not emails. You should never provide security or card details over the phone or in an email.
“It’s important that members of the public reject any engagement with cold callers of any kind and not to fall victim of this offence. Tracking these criminals is extremely challenging as the majority operate overseas.”
“The main target audience for the campaign are people over 65-years-old as records show they are generally the most vulnerable.”
For more information contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.