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Crawley residents new warning of fraudsters using tax evasion to lure victims

Elderly and vulnerable people are being warned to beware of phone calls from fraudsters pretending to be from HM Customs and Revenue (HMRC) or the police.

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The bogus callers claim the targeted person is wanted for tax evasion and is arrestable on warrant unless they pay a cash sum – usually some £3,000 to £4,000 – to clear their ‘debt’.

Some even address victims by name, or use a number that is often displayed as the official number of the agency they claim to represent, to add credibility to their call.

But the genuine authorities stress that people would never be texted or telephoned by them out of the blue with requests for payments, to log in to an online account or to disclose personal information, such as PIN numbers, passwords or bank details.

Anyone receiving such contact should hang up and report the call – preferably using a separate phone or computer in case the criminals have kept the line open – to police at 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

It is understood that HMRC received more than 60,000 reports of phone scams in the six months up to January 2019, an increase of 360 per cent on the preceding six months.

Sergeant Kat Argholeka, of Sussex Police, said:

“This underlines the importance of never giving out private information and reporting any suspicious activity without delay.

“We’d also ask friends or relatives of potentially vulnerable people to ensure they are fully aware and alert to the risks.”

For further advice, please goto Sussex Police website by clicking here.

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Leader of Crawley Borough Council seeks assurances from new Prime Minister in letter

Mr Lamb did not hold back on his views in the letter sent last Friday (26th July).

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Boris Johnson may have only just started his time as PM but he is already under fire and being questioned on what actions he is going to be taken following his promises made during his campaigning.

One of those questioning him is Crawley’s very own Leader of the Council Peter Lamb.

In a letter penned last week he asks Mr Johnson for assurances on his spending committments whilst also questioning remarks which Mr Lamb says are ‘abhorrent views’.

The letter finishes with questions over proposed cuts to taxes on company profits and high earners pointing out the state of child poverty in the town and across the country.

Click to read the letter in full.

The letter is a very public reminder that Mr Johnsons appointment was not a public decision and that already he will have to contend with a very confused and desperate country that just wants actions and not words. Only time will tell.

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