Prevention Message - Scam
West Dunbartonshire Council have recently received reports about an ongoing scam which targets taxpayers and seems to be aimed at the elderly and vulnerable in particular. In response to these reports we have been asked to share the following information by HMRC:
There is currently a telephone scam where a recorded message is left, allegedly from HMRC, stating that HMRC are bringing a lawsuit against the individual and is going to sue them. The recipient is asked to phone a number such as “0161 8508494” and press “1” to speak to the officer dealing with the case. This scam is becoming widely reported and seems to be targeting older people. Please do not reply to the message.
HMRC takes security very seriously but you need to be alert. If you cannot verify the identity of the person making the call you should not disclose your personal details. You are encouraged to report these incidents to your local Trading Standards Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Consumer Direct on 03454040506.
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Be on your guard against scams and doorstep crime. Sign up to West Dunbartonshire Community Watch at www.neighbourhoodwatchscotland.gov.uk. Community Network is a new service which allows local residents to receive information and alerts about the local area in which they live.