scam alert

Alert message sent 06/05/2020 21:29:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary


scam Warning: HMRC Coronavirus Scam Expands
Halton Trading Standards wants to warn residents about a scam perpetrated by individuals falsely claiming to be from HMRC. The scam has now expanded from text and email to telephone calls as the Coronavirus lockdown continues.
The HMRC-branded scam texts claimed that the government is offering lump-sum payments “as part of its promise to battle Covid-19.” Each text specified a particular sum and asks the recipient to tap the link to a bogus website which requests payment details from the recipient. It is simply a means for criminals to gain access to bank accounts.
Recently, this scam theme has expanded from text and emails to telephone calls from bogus civil servants.
This week, HMRC advised the public that all of these messages and phone calls are fake, with the government department advising the public that it will, “never text, email or phone to ask for bank details, PIN or passwords.”
 
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of our specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.
If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

Kind regards
PCSO 21122 Maggie Sumner
Widnes police station
 
 
Message sent by
Margaret Sumner (Police, PCSO, Widnes LPU)

Message tag words

Back to previous page
Click here to tweet this message to your followers

Discuss this alert message

Please see terms below before using this feature
Please be aware that the facility above is a Facebook service, posting your views will make some of your Facebook information visible to everyone (as with any Facebook activity).

The system administrators (VISAV Limited) monitor the content added. Any misuse or objectionable material should be reported to support@neighbourhoodalert.co.uk.

The views expressed do not represent the views of the system administrators who are VISAV Limited, the Police, Neighbourhood Watch and other Information Provider using this service.
 

© 2020 Cheshire West and Chester. All rights reserved.