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Police warn of tax rebate scam

Humberside Police this week issued a warning to people to be aware of a general tax or council tax rebate cold caller scam. In the scam, fraudulent cold callers posing as council officials or other professionals are making telephone calls and sending text messages in order to convince potential victims they are due a tax rebate, when in fact this may not be the case.

The fraudsters are even telling victims how much tax you can claim back, but emphasising that an advance fee payment is required in order to make the tax claim successful. Police are reminding the public that a genuine company or organisation will never ask people for an advance fee payment to cover the administrative costs of a tax claim. A spokesman told Beverley FM: “Never take up offers of tax rebates on the spot from cold calls and text messages. And don’t give bank account details or sensitive information to anyone without carrying out research on them first.”

Anyone affected by this, or any other type of fraud, should report it to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2014.