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Scam warning

Thursday, 20 July 2017

ULSTER Unionist leader and North Antrim MLA, Robin Swann, has urged the community to beware of bogus callers after he himself received a fake call.
The Kells based politician called on the public "to be extra vigilant concerning bogus telephone calls from people claiming to be from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs."
Mr Swann said: "I have been made aware of a high number of fake phone calls claiming to be from HMRC, with the elderly being particularly vulnerable.
“I've had reports of and I've received a fake phone call myself claiming to be from HMRC.
“The people behind these fake calls must be brought before the courts as soon as possible, so that they are no longer in a position to 'hood-wink' people out of personal financial information," said Assemblyman Swann.
Mr Swann added that the advised way to deal with these is to report them to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or telephone 0300 1232040.
“It takes a special sort of heartless individual to target the elderly in this type of scheme, so I appeal to everyone to make sure their elderly family members and neighbours are aware of this scam," he added.
A Broughshane woman in her 70's has described how a threatening automated telephone call demanding that she pay a "debt" she owed to Customs and Excise left her feeling "terrified".
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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