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Telephone fraudsters target pensioners in Tonbridge

Two pensioners from Tonbridge have been the target of telephone fraudsters posing as employees of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

On Monday, August 20 police received two reports of attempted telephone frauds to pensioners in Tonbridge.

One received a text message and the other a telephone message from a person claiming to be from HMRC and telling the resident they were wanted for a criminal offence.

Both were told to call a specified number to avoid arrest.

Police are reminding residents to be on guard against telephone fraudsters
Police are reminding residents to be on guard against telephone fraudsters

Neither of the recipients responded and the incidents were referred to police.

Sergeant Andy Gallon of the Tonbridge and Malling community safety unit said: "These fraudsters often pretend to be from an organisation or company you trust such as a bank, police or other official agency. They are very plausible and usually know some personal information such as your home address and date of birth.

"If you receive one of these messages, do not call back or give them any additional information.

"You must wait at least five minutes before using your telephone in order to clear your line from the fraudster.

"You should then contact the organisation they said they were representing using a number you know, such as one from your latest bill, the telephone book or from their official website. Speak to a family member of friend if you need any additional advice or assistance."

If you suspect you have been the victim of a fraudster contact 101, or 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. You can report suspicious activity online by visiting: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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