Trafford’s Trading Standards are asking people to contact the authorities if they receive cold calls from anyone claiming to be from the HMRC or police, and asking them to pay unpaid tax or face arrest. In addition, the victims are told that if they tell someone that person will also be arrested.
The team has been contacted by distressed residents who have had these calls. Most of the calls are made during the day with the aim of targeting older people who are at home. In the past, victims have panicked and made payments. One demand from the criminals is that the victim buys ITunes vouchers. They ring back for the voucher reference numbers and once they have those they can claim the money electronically.
Councillor Mike Freeman, Executive Member for Constitutional Reform and Resident Engagement said: “In the cold light of day the lies concocted by these criminals can seem improbable, but they are well practiced at exploiting the vulnerable and can appear convincing. Anyone receiving calls of this nature should end the call immediately. Our advice is to tell someone what is happening and to never give personal or financial details to anyone they don’t know.”
Anyone who wishes to report an incident should ring Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506 or ring Greater Manchester Police on 101.
Posted on Wednesday 29th August 2018