Scammers target elderly

August 23 2018

A scam involving people claiming to be from the tax office has affected senior citizens in the Chipping Sodbury and Yate area.

Around a dozen older people have called into Chipping Sodbury Police Station to report being contacted by someone claiming to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), demanding immediate payment of unpaid tax. 

The fraudster even pretends that there is a warrant for the householder’s arrest as they try to persuade them to hand over money. 

None of the people who came into the police station have fallen for the scam but officers are keen to make sure others are aware of how to deal with this con.

A police spokesperson said: “If you get this sort of unexpected call, end it immediately. If you are concerned about your tax status, contact HMRC directly using a number from the phone book, HMRC correspondence you know to be genuine, or from www.gov.uk"

If you believe you have been contacted by a fraudster, report it and receive a police crime reference number by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or using the online fraud reporting tool on their website, www.actionfraud.police.uk