A QUICK-thinking Redditch resident who spotted a fraudulent phonecall immediately is warning others to be wary.
The scammers cold-called the victim on Tuesday (January 16) asking for payment for unpaid taxes from 1970 to 2000 – and when she refused to pay anything without seeing documented proof, they threatened to send the people round to collect the owed funds. The callers them became rude when she continued to refuse to pay them.
Action Fraud have previously warned where fraudsters contact victims claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and trick them into paying bogus debts and taxes. Victims are contacted in a variety of methods by fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC and are told they owe an outstanding debt.
People can follow advice given by Trading Standards:
-HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.
-Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display.
-If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.
-To report a fraud, people can call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040