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Scam calls purporting to be from HM Revenue and Customs, Hastings and St Leonards

17 Feb, 2017 14:21 News

People living in the Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea area are being warned to beware of a telephone scam in which the caller claims to be from HM Revenue and Customs and tells them that they owe HMRC money.

In one incident householders were told to buy £1,000 worth of money vouchers from their nearest supermarket and then await a courier, who would call round to collect them.

Similar calls have been reported by householders in Blackman Avenue and Edinburgh Road,St Leonards-on-Sea, during recent days.

Significantly, the number shown for the incoming calls commences with the digits 0203 and the caller is said to speak with a foreign accent.

During the calls, attempts have also been made to obtain date of birth and National Insurance numbers.

Hastings and Rother police public engagement officer Daryl Holter said: "It is possible that this scam is being tried elsewhere in Sussex, so the plea is for general awareness and caution.

"People called in similar circumstances should be on their guard and never divulge any personal information."

An HMRC link concerning scamming can be found online at https://www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing.

If a caller's identity cannot be verified and raises concern, please report details to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

They can also be contacted between 9am and 6pm, Monday to Friday, on 0300 123 2050. Calls will be charged at normal network rate.

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