Scam calls from the ‘House of the Ministry of Justice’

Consumers are warned to be aware of a cold call telephone scam where a caller from phonescamthe ‘House of the Ministry of Justice’ will inform you that you are entitled to a large rebate for corporate tax. They will ask you to provide or “confirm” various personal information and you will be asked to pay an ‘admin’ charge of £75 via paysafe card.  Our advice is not to provide or confirm any of your personal details and to hang up immediately.  The caller may claim that they know your address and are sending a driver to pick you up to take you to a cash point.  It is extremely unlikely that they will not come to your property unless you have given them your address. However, if they do come to your property, don’t let them in and call the Police on 999 straight away.

Official authorities, such as the Ministry of Justice, your bank and the Police will never send anyone to your home to collect money, your debit/credit cards or ask for your PIN number and personal details.

If you think you may have provided details to a fraudster, call your bank immediately.  When you call the bank ensure you hear the dial tone before you dial or call from another phone just in case the fraudster is holding your line open.

Anyone with any concerns can contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06 or, if you believe you have been a victim of this type of scam, you should report the matter to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

Tips to avoid Telephone Scams

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