Northamptonshire Police are warning people once again of scammers contacting elderly & vulnerable victims claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) that trick people into paying bogus debts and taxes using gift cards.

The fraudsters are asking victims to purchase gift cards as payment. There are a variety of methods being used including calls, texts and voicemails. Thieves just need the serial number of the gift card which vulnerable people read out over the phone. Text messages ask victims to urgently call back on the number provided. When victims call back, they are told that there is a case being built against them for an outstanding debt and they must pay immediately.

How to protect yourself:

  • HMRC will never use texts to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty or ever ask for payment in this way.
  • Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephone display.
  • If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately.
  • To report a fraud please contact:

Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or

Posted: Thu, 31 Jan 2019 10:46 by Sally Willis

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