Posted on 16:18:00 on 20th March 2017
Police have received a number of calls today in south Cumbria regarding a scam which attempts to gain money from members of the public.
The telephone scam relates to a caller purporting to be a HMRC stating that prosecution action will be taken unless payment is made.
Cumbria Constabulary spokesperson said:
Our advice for such scams is to politely decline to hand over any money and to take the details of the caller and contact HMRC (https://www.gov.uk/contact-hmrc)to check if it is an actual case or fraudulent.
“The HMRC website states they would never use these methods to tell you about a tax rebate, a penalty or even to get personal payment information.
“We would like to advise the public to be wary of such scams.”
Anyone who comes across such a scam should contact Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.org.ukor contact the Action Fraud Hotline on 0300 123 2040 as they are the investigatory body for offences of this type.