Residents in Montgomeryshire are being warned of a telephone scam claiming to be calling from HMRC.

Dyfed-Powys Police say they have received a "spate of reports" about fraudsters requesting a sum of money be transferred to an account to settle a debt, often in the thousands of pounds.

The force said the scammers threaten to issue the victim with an arrest warrant and send police within the hour if money is not transferred.

Inspector Gwyndaf Bowen said: "This is very distressing and understandably causes panic.

“These sophisticated scammers will often target the elderly and most vulnerable people in our communities. Take necessary steps to safeguard family and friends who might be at risk.

“HMRC would never target people in this way and would certainly never ask for money or bank details over the phone.

“Please be vigilant, do not part with any money or personal information. Remember - it is OK not to speak with cold callers - just put the phone down. If you are concerned please contact police.”

How to avoid falling victim

Officers have offered tips to avoid falling victim to this type of fraud:

  • Telephone numbers and text messages can easily be spoofed. You should never trust the number you see on your telephones display.
  • If you receive a suspicious cold call, end it immediately
  • Do not enter into conversation with them, provide them with any personal details or send them any money.

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