Police issue fraud warning after Barton residents receive fake HMRC calls

Police in Richmondshire have issued a warning about a new fraud after residents of Barton received calls from scammers claiming to be from the HMRC.

Residents of the village have reported receiving fraudulent calls from the number 02033897431.

An automated voice tells the resident a warrant for their arrest has been issued by the HMRC.

The residents is asked to press 1 to speak to an advisor.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: “This is not genuine.

“Please report fraudulent callers to the police and also to the organisation they purport to be from.

“Remember to use a different means or a different phone to do this if possible in case the fraudster has kept the line open – and always call a number you have checked independently and know to be genuine.

“Forward suspicious emails and details of suspicious phone calls to HMRC’s phishing team at phishing@hmrc.gov.uk.

“If you receive a suspicious phone call, you can help HMRC’s investigations by providing your phone number, the caller’s phone number, the time and date of the call, and a brief description of the call.”

You can forward suspicious text messages to HMRC at 60599.