Following news issued by HM Revenue & Customs about possible fake or “phishing” emails, Isle of Wight Council’s Trading Standards service is reminding Islanders that they should never give out personal bank details over the phone.
The service is aware that a current scam circulating involves callers ringing households and claiming to be from the ‘Tax Credit Office’. The caller asks questions about a recent child tax credit claim and requests personal bank details from the homeowner.
Amanda Gregory, the council’s regulatory services manager said “Sadly, scams like these are all too common but thankfully many people are now becoming more aware. People should remember that legitimate organisations such as HM Revenue & Customs would never ask for personal bank details over the phone.
“If you are contacted by a caller and you are suspicious, do not give any details and hang up the phone. Anyone who has concerns can contact Trading Standards with the details.”
The council’s Trading Standards service can be contacted on 01983 823370 or on email to Trading.Standards@iow.gov.uk. More information on current scams and advice on how to spot scams can be found by logging on to www.iwight.com/council/tradingstandards website link.
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