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Scam warning as callers are targeted by 'HMRC' fraudsters

PUBLISHED: 10:50 03 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 December 2019

A woman giving Credit Card details on the phone. Picture: Getty Images

A woman giving Credit Card details on the phone. Picture: Getty Images

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A council has warned householders to be alert following scam telephone calls from someone claiming to be a debt collector.

East Suffolk Council is urging people to be vigilant of the "scam call" from someone purporting to collect debt on behalf of HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

A warning message posted on the East Suffolk Council Facebook page said: "We have been made aware of a potential scam call with the caller claiming to be a debt collector on behalf of HMRC.

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"The caller claims they are parked nearby and will collect the payment in assets unless it is paid over the phone.

"HMRC can collect debt through a private debt collection agency, but the agency will usually write to you to arrange payment."

To see a list of the agencies used by HMRC visit www.gov.uk/if-you-dont-pay-your-ta…/debt-collection-agencies

A council spokesman added: "If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a debt collector on behalf of HMRC, please follow their guidelines to check if it is genuine.

"If you believe you have received a scam call, please call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040."

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