Dear Watch Member,
We are making residents aware of reports of scam phone calls, text messages and emails received about unpaid National Insurance contributions.
Residents have been contacted by the fraudsters claiming to be Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) over the last few days. The victims were told there were outstanding National Insurance debts or unpaid taxes in their names and the fraudsters asked the victims to make bank transfers as payment.
Numerous members of the public also reported receiving missed calls from Hertfordshire Constabulary phone numbers, as well as emails about National Insurance, containing police contact numbers.
The fraudsters cold call victims using a spoofed number that appears to be a genuine Hertfordshire Constabulary phone number, sometimes leaving voicemail messages claiming that they owe payments. The victims are asked to call back on the number provided, through which they are told that there is a warrant out in their name and if they don’t pay, the police will arrest them.
The victims are also sometimes contacted via text messages asking them to urgently call the number provided, or via emails which contain bogus links.
For further details and fraud prevention advice visit: Warning after residents targeted in National Insurance scam (herts.police.uk)
If you believe that you are a victim of this scam please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to report, using a different phone to that used to communicate with the fraudsters. If a fraud is in progress or someone’s life is in danger, call 999 immediately.
Police Contact Advice
- Telephone 999 in an emergency where there is a danger to life or a crime is in progress.
- Telephone 101 for non-emergencies where police attendance is required, to report a crime or to report any other incidents.
- Alternatively, visit www.herts.police.uk/contact to report a non-emergency crime online or chat to a police operator live via our web chat service.
- If you are calling about the above message, please tell us that you are responding to a message from OWL.
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