Trading Standards Scam Alert

Hampshire County Council Trading Standards Service would like to bring residents’ attention to a recent warning sent out via Action Fraud Alert on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary.

In addition to the information below, Hampshire Trading Standards is aware that the telephone calls can start off with an automated message asking the resident to press a number to find out further details. The message sounds serious and intimidating. Advice to residents is to not press any numbers as the cost for the call is unknown.

Residents can be assured that HMRC will not make contact in this way, and will never ask for iTunes vouchers. To report a scam to Trading Standards, or to receive advice on scams call our partners the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 04 05 06.

Hampshire Constabulary warning reads:

“Please be aware that residents in Hampshire have been contacted by scam callers claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs and demanding money. The victims receive phone calls from a person claiming to be from HMRC and told that they will be arrested if they did not settle their unpaid tax bill.

On some occasions the victims have been asked to purchase iTunes vouchers and then pass the card details onto them.

We are issuing this warning to make residents aware in case further calls of this nature are received. If you have elderly relatives, friends or neighbours please make them aware of this scam and remind them not to give any details to unexpected callers.

People are reminded to protect themselves using the following advice:

• Never give out any personal information about your bank account to anybody over the phone.
• If you have given out information which could compromise your bank account security in any way, call your bank up to cancel your cards as soon as possible.

Anyone who is concerned about similar incidents should contact police by calling 101.”