Fraud alert as police fire warning over spike in bogus taxman calls

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Police are urging the public to be vigilant after fielding a spike in reports about fraudulent phone calls.

Today, North Yorkshire Police said that they had received more than two dozen separate calls by mid-afternoon from concerned members of the public who said they had been targeted by fraudsters claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs.

North Yorkshire Police had today received 25 calls about the HMRC phone scam by mid-afternoon.

North Yorkshire Police had today received 25 calls about the HMRC phone scam by mid-afternoon.

Potential victims are being warned not to part with any money, should they be asked to do so in any such phone call.

A spokesperson for the force said: "We've taken around 25 calls today from people who've been contacted by fraudsters claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs claiming the person owes money and if it's not paid a warrant for their arrest will be taken out.

"This is a scam - please do not part with any money."