‘Rebate on tax’ is just a scam

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POLICE are warning of a tax scam that tries to trick people into thinking they are due a cash rebate.

Cleveland Police is urging people to not give out their bank account details after several reports of suspicious phone calls.

On Friday, a woman reported receiving a phone call from a man saying she was due a rebate of several thousand pounds from the Government and tax department.

He then asked for her bank details and said he would deposit the money into her account before meeting up with her so she could pay him a smaller amount for his commission.

There have been six other people across the force area who have reported receiving similar phone calls.

Detective Inspector Mark Dimelow said: “This is a crude attempt by criminals to obtain people’s bank account details and then access them illegally.

“I’d like to warn members of the public to remain vigilant and not respond to unsolicited phone calls requesting personal information or bank account details.”

Det Insp Dimelow added that anyone unsure or suspicious of a request they receive should not provide any details before checking the authenticity of such calls.

To report a scam ring Cleveland Police on (01642) 326326.