Police in West Lothian are investigating following a report of fraud.
The incident happened about 9am on Thursday 23rd February when a 61-year-old male received a phone call from a male claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
The caller advised the male that they had an outstanding tax debt of £500, which would require immediate payment using ITunes vouchers. They were advised to purchase the vouchers and provide the relevant serial numbers of them over the phone.
The male purchased the required amount of vouchers and passed the serial numbers as requested to the caller.
Police Constable John McLean of Livingston Police Station said:
“Often these fraudulent callers sounds extremely convincing and authentic but we would urge the public to remain vigilant.
“If they are in any doubt that it’s genuine hang up the phone and report matter to HMRC who take scams & bogus callers of any kind very seriously”.
An HMRC spokesperson said:
“HMRC takes security extremely seriously. We are aware that some people have received telephone calls from individuals claiming to be from HMRC. We are a well-known brand, which criminal’s abuse, to add credibility to their scams. HMRC will never request tax debts to be paid in payment vouchers and we are clear that they cannot be used to pay tax.
“We recommend that if you cannot verify the identity of a caller that you do not speak to them. We encourage you to check GOV.UK for information on how to avoid and report scams, recognise genuine HMRC contact and make payments to HMRC.”
• Some people have received telephone calls from people claiming to be from HMRC; these bogus callers may encourage you to provide bank account or personal details for alleged tax debts, in exchange for ‘tax advice’ or a bogus refund • If you cannot verify the identity of the caller, we recommend that you do not speak to them. You should consider reporting the incident to Action Fraud if you have suffered financial loss • HMRC are aware of a particular scam asking individuals to use ‘iTunes vouchers’, or similar products, to pay any tax due • HMRC will never request tax debts to be paid in payment vouchers and we are clear that they cannot be used to pay tax • Action Fraud bulletin - www.actionfraud.police.uk/news/alert-hmrc-and-itunes-gift-card-scam-may16... See MoreSee Less
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CHOICES FOR LIFE EVENT, HAWICK
Alongside our partners, we have held a special engagement seminar for young people aimed at promoting positive life choices in Hawick.
Local officers and colleagues from Action For Children, Schools and Community Learning Development, Escape Youth Cafe and NHS Borders held the Choices for Life Event at Hawick High School on Thursday 16th February and welcomed pupils from the Hawick, Newcastleton, Denholm, Stirches and Burnfoot areas.
In total, 300 children from primary classes up to S1 were in attendance to hear a range of inputs on the effects of tobacco, alcohol and drug use.
The participants also took part in interactive workshops, which helped them see how the decisions they make can impact upon their lives and the lives of others.
Staff and pupils alike have since praised the event, which police and the other agencies involved hope to run again in the future.
School Liaision Officer, PC Dianne Lauder said: "One of Police Scotland's top priorities is to protect vulnerable people, including the younger members of our communities, from harm and the Choices For Life seminars help us demonstrate the benefits of making positive decisions, as well as the consequences of making a bad choice.
"We are absolutely delighted with how enthusiastic and involved the pupils were and they really took on board the key messages we were trying to convey.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who attended for their engagement and positive feedback. I also want to recognise the outstanding support of our partners who helped host the event and the assistance of the S6 pupils who were brilliant when helping us out across the day.
"In addition, the local Sainsbury's assisted with providing refreshments, which I know went down well with everyone.
"We will continue to work alongside our relevant partners to provide education to young people and minimise their risk of harm and I look forward to running similar Choices for Life events further down the line." ... See MoreSee Less
TWO MEN ARRESTED FOLLOWING HIGH VALUE THEFTS, GALASHIELS
We can confirm that two 18-year-old men have been arrested and charged following a spate of recent thefts from vehicles in the Galashiels area.
The incidents happened between Wednesday, February 22 and Thursday, February 23. Property worth around £5000 was recovered from an address in the Gala Park area.
The men will appear at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Friday, February 24.
Community Inspector Tony Hodges of Galashiels Police Station said: “This type of crime is concerning for local residents and businesses. Not only are vehicles damaged but property often used by tradesmen, which is vital to their livelihood, is also taken.
“I would urge vehicle owners not to leave valuables in vehicles and ensure any tools kept in vehicles are out of sight of passers-by. Anyone wishing to learn more about how to keep your vehicle safe can do this via the Police Scotland website.” ... See MoreSee Less