Rise in cold-call phone scams across Hertfordshire sparks police appeal

PUBLISHED: 08:24 05 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:24 05 July 2017

Police are warning of a rise in phone scams. Picture credit: Toa55

Police are warning of a rise in phone scams. Picture credit: Toa55

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Welwyn Hatfield residents have been warned of a spike in cold-call fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC.

Police have recently received “numerous reports” from local residents who have had calls from the crooks claiming to be from HMRC, the Tax Office or Inland Revenue Office.

If the residents have been out, callers have left messages urging them to return the call to avoid legal fees.

An OWL message sent to residents states: “The fraudsters have known some details about the residents and have told them that they owe a tax bill from several years ago.

“The fraudsters have claimed to have legal documents and have even claimed that they have a warrant for the resident’s arrest.

“This has caused some distress to elderly or vulnerable residents who have been threatened in this way.”

The callers have tried several methods of obtaining money from their victims, including asking them to make the payment by iTunes vouchers or money transfers.

Police urged residents to alert their friends and neighbours, particularly those who may be at home during the daytime.

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