Residents are being warned about more scam phone calls this year.
Northumberland County Council’s Trading Standards Service is advising people to be aware of telephone calls claiming to be from HMRC Inland Revenue.
Following on from reports in 2017, the council has received further calls from residents about an automated recording announcement that claims there is a lawsuit against them and a warrant out for their arrest.
The message says it is time sensitive that the person responds on the telephone number provided.
One resident who rang the number was informed the claim could be for £50,000, however payment of £5,000 would be accepted to close the case. No money was paid.
David Sayer, the council’s business compliance and public safety unit manager, said: “We advise all consumers to be wary of receiving calls from unknown sources.
“Callers will try to trick people into providing bank details so don’t be pressured.
“We continue to be alarmed by the lengths that such telesales operations will go to to get consumers to part with their hard-earned money.”
Anyone who receives such a call should call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.
They can report these incidents on the Action Fraud website www.actionfraud.police.uk or via 0300 123 2040.