Suffolk police warn of telephone scams targeting the elderly and vulnerable

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Police are reminding people to be aware of telephone scams following reports this week that a number of residents have been contacted by a caller claiming to be from the tax office, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Suffolk Constabulary said fraudsters are typically contacting the elderly and vulnerable, warning victims of arrest warrants, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name.

On occasions, victims have been told to purchase a quantity of music vouchers or have been told a sum of cash will be collected from their home address. Police are reminding residents that HMRC will never make phone calls, use text messages or email to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty and will never ask for payment in this way.

The force is also urging businesses to brief staff about the scam and offer anyone who tries to buy large amounts of iTunes or similar vouchers support.

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