Alert: Fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC Fraudsters are contacting the elderly and vulnerable claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs. Victims are being told they have arrest warrants, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name. The fraudsters are asking victims for cash or to purchase iTunes gift cards as payment. There are a variety of methods being used including calls, texts and voicemails. How to protect yourself: 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.http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/alert-fraudsters-claiming-to-be-from-hmrc-jun17 http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/residents-in-mildenhall-and-newmarket-urged-to-be-alert-against-hmrc-telephone-scam-1-5232918 - Suffolk press article but relevant. A countywide alert from stephen.armson-smith@essex.pnn.police.uk - Braintree & Uttlesford Crime Prevention Officer - 101 extn 407110 

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