Dundee residents are being warned to be on their guard against scam telephone callers claiming to be from HMRC.
Complaints have been received from elderly local residents who have been contacted by the telephone number 02037698466 claiming that they have outstanding tax arrears and they must pay £1000 or more over the phone to settle these alleged debts.
When questioned, the caller has alarmed residents by claiming that if they do not pay immediately then the police will be called to arrest them.
Councillor Anne Rendall, depute convener of Dundee City Council’s community safety and public protection committee said: “While these types of calls may seem obviously fake they do cause worry and concern to many.
“Recent research by Age Scotland and Age UK noted that 41% of elderly people are potentially the victims of scams with 9% admitting to responding. Worryingly 42% of these potential victims did not report the matter.
“Anyone who thinks they are the victim of fraud, or anyone who thinks that an elderly person has been targeted by scammers should report this immediately.”
If you receive such a call please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 www.actionfraud.police.uk
If you are frequently bothered by nuisance telephone calls then please contact Dundee Trading Standards on 01382 436260 for further advice.