|Message from Lincolnshire Police Headquarters, Engagement Team, Thursday, 4 October 2018.|
Rise in phone scam reports
Over the last 72 hours we have had in excess of 70 incidents. The age group targeted is 70-90 years and many of the calls have been in the Skegness area.
We are warning people to be aware of scam phone calls following an increase in reports over the past 48 hours.
In several cases the caller claims to be from either HMRC or the police, threatening an arrest, a lawsuit or telling the victims that they are under investigation.
The objective is to get the victim to pay money.
In one incident, the victim was instructed to go to the local Post Office to withdraw funds.
In some other cases the victim is left a voicemail, which sounds like an automated message, which threatens them.
The majority of calls have been made to people in the Skegness and Boston areas, but members of the public from across the county have been targeted.
Please be aware that not all calls are the same and criminals can continue to change tactics.
We are also asking for members of the public to tell their elderly family members and friends about of this fraud, and to raise as much awareness as possible.
DI John Webster said: “If you receive one of these calls please do not withdraw or transfer money, no matter how serious the threat appears to be – hang up immediately and notify Action Fraud or Lincolnshire Police on 101."
Call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit actionfraud.police.uk
Call Lincolnshire Police on 101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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