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Police warning over counterfeit £20 notes

Police are warning traders to beware. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/PA Images

Police in Dumfries and Galloway are urging people to be vigilant, after reports of a man trying to use counterfeit £20 notes.

The reports have come from the Newton Stewart and Machars area, and police are asking shop keepers and market stall traders to report any suspicious activity to them.

Anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.


Police warn of HMRC phone scam

Telephone scammers are targeting Cumbrians. Credit: PA

Police are warning people in Cumbria about a scam involving fraudsters posing as members of HMRC.

The callers state that there is a tax payment outstanding, and say that if money is not transferred they will contact the police, who will look to arrest the victim.

It is believed that the suspects are targeting elderly and vulnerable people.

Our advice for such scams is to politely decline to hand over any money and to take the details of the caller and ring HMRC on 0870 280 2566 to check if it is an actual case or fraudulent.

The HMRC website states they would never use these methods to tell you about a tax rebate, a penalty or even to get personal payment information.

We would like to advise the public to be wary of such scams.

– Inspector Jon Sherlock of the Community Safety Unit

Police warn of increase in telephone scams

Telephone scammers are targeting Cumbrians. Credit: PA

The number of people in Cumbria being targeted by scammers over the telephone is increasing, according to the police.

They say the have received information that bogus callers purporting to be from HMRC are ringing people in south and west Cumbria.

One scam to watch out for:

Police say one potential victim received numerous calls from an automated service pretending to be HMRC, asking for money.

After hanging up immediately, the scammer called again and left a voicemail, asking them to ring back.

The potential victim then called the genuine HMRC, who confirmed this type of call is a scam.

There has been a rise in bogus scam callers lately who have been attempting to gain money fraudulently. I would strongly advise anyone who receives calls like this to hang up immediately and get in touch with the police.

A tactic often used is to make you believe that the money in your bank account is in jeopardy if you don’t act straight away. In these circumstances, hang up and contact your bank immediately who will provide the reassurance you need.

– Inspector Jon Sherlock, Community Safety Unit


Banking scammers still calling Dumfries homes

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Police Scotland says several more people have been called in Dumfries and Galloway as part of a telephone banking scam.

Last week, three people were conned out of a total of more than £45,000.

Fraudsters pretending to be ringing from a bank told the householders that their savings were being hacked and needed to be transferred to another account.

The police say that despite the latest calls, no one else has lost any money.

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