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Police in Suffolk warn of telephone scams targeting the elderly and vulnerable

PUBLISHED: 14:53 22 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:53 22 September 2017

Police are advising people to be aware of a telephone scam in Suffolk. Picture: ARCHANT

Police are advising people to be aware of a telephone scam in Suffolk. Picture: ARCHANT

Police are reminding residents to be aware of telephone scams following reports this week that a number of residents have been contacted by a caller claiming to be from the tax office, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Suffolk Constabulary says fraudsters are typically contacting the elderly and vulnerable, warning victims of arrest warrants, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name.

On occasions, victims have been told to purchase a quantity of music vouchers or told a sum of cash will be collected from their home address.

Police are reminding residents that HMRC will never make phone calls, use text messages or email to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty and will never ask for payment in this way.

The force is also urging local businesses to brief their staff about this type of scam and ask that any member of the public who requests to purchase large amounts of iTunes or similar vouchers are offered support and that police contacted if there are concerns.

For advice about keeping safe against scams, visit suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z.

To report incidents of fraud, contact Action Fraud on 0300 1232040 or visit actionfraud.police.uk.

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