Useful Contacts

For further information contact one of the below organisations

Northumbria Police 

To report a crime 
http://www.northumbria.police.uk/
or tel 0845 60043043

Action Fraud  
A national helpline that gives advice on issues about fraud, both preventing it and what to do if you fall victim to it.www.actionfraud.police.uk or tel 0300 1232040 (national rate)

Office Of Fair Trading 
A good source of information for consumers -www.oft.gov.uk

Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) 
National network of free advice centres. For details of your local CAB 
www.citizensadvice.org.uk or tel 03444 111444 (will only give local CAB telephone numbers not advice)

Safe from Scams 
A site dedicated to informing members of the public about the various scams including real life case studies -www.safefromscams.co.uk

Age UK 
Is a new force combining Age Concern and Help the Aged. Provides free advice and information for people later in life through Age UK advice line, publications and online –www.ageuk.org.uk or tel 0800 1696565

Tax Fraud Scam

Taxpayers are being advised to be on their guard against fraudsters sending fake letters claiming to come from the HMRC.

Fraudsters already target internet users by 'phishing' with scam emails purporting to come from HMRC that offer ‘tax rebates’ in exchange for bank details.

HMRC says it will not be contacting taxpayers affected by the blunder via email or telephone nor will it ask for bank details.

The first batch of 45,000 letters from HMRC are being sent out this week, telling recipients they owe more tax or are entitled to a rebate.

There is the potential that fraudsters will use fake letters in addition to e mail. If you get a letter you should check with HMRC that the address it has come from is a genuine tax office and is not bogus.

(Information provided by the HRMC)

To report incidents or for up to date advice members of the public can contact Action Fraud - the UK's national, government led, fraud reporting centre which offers advice, support and prevention advice on fraud including fraud types, trends and current national scams - www.actionfraud.police.uk