Over the last week or so, police have received three reports of scam phone calls where the caller claims there is a warrant out for the victim’s arrest due to money allegedly owed to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
Similar scams have previously been reported across the country and authorities are issuing this warning to help prevent others becoming victims.
Chief Inspector Andrew Parsons said: “Be wary of any caller who asks you to give personal or financial details over the phone – wherever they claim to be from.
“If you believe it may be a genuine call, whether from your bank, a retailer where you have an account or a Government body, hang up and call them back later – and look up the contact details yourself rather than using a number the caller has given you.
“If it’s a legitimate call they won’t have a problem with this.
“If you have received a call that you are suspicious about and feel may not be genuine, please call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or report it online. https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
CI Parsons also called on those with vulnerable friends or relatives to pass on our warning.