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PSNI warning over 'foreign sounding' HMRC scammers

Northern Ireland's public are being targeted by fraudsters pretending to be from tax-collection agency HMRC in an effort to get individuals to part with their cash.

The PSNI has warned that people are being contacted out of the blue by "foreign sounding males and females".

The person being targeted is then told that they have an outstanding tax bill that requires immediate payment, with the scammer asking for bank or credit card details.

It has also been specified that some of these fraudsters have asked for other methods of payment, including iTunes vouchers.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "HMRC, or other Government Agency will never demand immediate payment, or suggest alternative payment methods."

The PSNI work in conjunction with Action Fraud, a UK-wide body policing body, to prevent fraud in Northern Ireland.

Members of the public who have been impacted by fraud are asked to make a report through the Action Fraud website or by calling 0300 123 2040.

If someone is reporting a case of fraud that has happened within the past 24 hours they are asked to call the non-emergency number 101.

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