As part of its commitment to help reduce crimes in the elderly and vulnerable community, Dyfed-Powys Police is warning people to be aware of a variety of sophisticated scams.
A recent Scam, which occurred in Pembrokeshire, involves emails being sent from HM REVENUE and CUSTOMS. A fraudulent organisation claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs, (Tax Credit Office PO Box 1970, Liverpool, L75 1WX), are sending random emails stating that after an annual calculation of their fiscal activity, they have determined they are eligible to receive a tax refund.
It then states that to access their tax refund they must follow the stops below:
• Download the Tax Refund Form attached to this email
• Open it in a browser (recommended Mozilla firefox)
• Follow the instructions on their screen.
It highlights that a refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.
This type of offence can easily deceive vulnerable people and have a devastating impact on their lifestyle and confidence.
PC Trish Dixon said: “I would urge people NOT to be taken in by this as HMIC notify refunds via letter and not emails. You should never provide security or card details over the phone or in an email.
“It’s important that members of the public reject any engagement with cold-callers of any kind and not to fall victim of this offence. Tracking these criminals is extremely challenging as the majority operate overseas. The main target audience for the campaign are people over 65-years-old as records show they are generally the most vulnerable.”
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