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PSNI warning after pensioners in Ards targeted by phone fraudsters

The PSNI has issued a warning after pensioners in Ards have been targeted by a scam with someone claiming to be from HMRC.

In a number of incidents reported on Wednesday afternoon on the PSNI Ards Facebook page, a number of people over the age of 70 have been targeted by scammers peddling a variety of stories to get their victims to part with their cash.

Most of the approaches have been made either by automated messages, or through messages left as voicemails.

In one instance an older woman was threatened with legal action if she did not pay a tax bill.

Another 81-year-old woman also had a message left on her machine informing her that a lawsuit had been filed against her.

A gentleman was called and informed he owed £4,000, and if he did not pay the money within one hour he would be arrested.

For this fraud attempt, police said that the call was made from 992241761.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said: "These crooks pray on vulnerable people and use scare tactics to make them part with money.

"Looking over today’s calls the average age targeted has been over 70 and all in the Ards area. If you know somebody who may fall for one of these frauds please speak with them and reassure them."

Anyone who might have been affected can contact the PSNI on the non-emergency number 101.

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