scam alert

Alert message sent 01/05/2020 11:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

scam Warning: Scam HMRC text messages
Halton Trading Standards wants to warn residents about scam HMRC text messages currently being circulated. The text message scam, will want you to click the link imbedded within it.  
The link will likely contain at least of one of three things:
Malware that may harm your device
Ransomware which locks your device and the scammer will then request a payment to release it.
Demand/request for you to supply personal details or bank account information.
HMRC never send notifications of a tax rebate or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email or text message. Forward suspicious text messages to 60599 (Text messages will be charged at your network rate).

If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of our specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.
If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

kind regards
PCSO 21122 Maggie Sumner
Widnes Police Station.
Message sent by
Margaret Sumner (Police, PCSO, Widnes LPU)

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