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The scam targeting homes with an 01736 area code

The scam targeting homes with an 01736 area code

Published by Emma Carton at 8:35am 25th October 2019. (Updated at 8:39am 25th October 2019)

Police in west Cornwall have issued a warning about the latest phone scam, targeting homes with an 01736 area code.

Officers in Penzance say locals have received calls from fraudsters, pretending to be from HM Revenue and Customs.

The callers are making urgent demands for tax to be paid via a bank transfer.

If not, homeowners are being threatened with arrest.

Police are warning the public that this is a scam and NO payment should be made.

What is the warning from police?

"Beware 'HMRC' phone scams targeting 01736 numbers - we are aware of phone scams targeting 01736 numbers by fraudsters pretending to be from HMRC. 

"The fraudster makes an urgent demand for the individual to pay tax via bank transfer or they are threatened with arrest. 

"This is a scam phone call and no payment should be made".

Penzance Police

What is the advice from HMRC?

Penzance Police have shared the following statement from the real HMRC, explaining how to spot the scams.

'We will only ever call you asking for payment on a debt that you are already aware of, either having received a letter about it, or after you've told us you owe some tax, for example through a self-assessment return.

'We work relentlessly to close scams down and make people aware of them. 

"HMRC has a trusted brand which can be abused by fraudsters to trick people trying to fulfil their legal obligations. 

"We have invested heavily in protecting taxpayers against scams and anyone who suffers financial loss as a result of one should inform Action Fraud'.

Spokesperson for HMRC

You can read more advice from Action Fraud here.

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