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National Insurance and other Scams
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Dear <<First Name>>
National Insurance and other Scams                                      
We have been made aware that a scam has been circulating where the offender is claiming either your National Insurance number has been compromised or has been used in serious crime. This scam is conducted via a telephone call which is automated, promptly followed by the usual request for action on the part of the recipient to press 1 on the keypad, again 'please do not do this'. You may feel pressured into doing so as the message may state they are from the National Crime Agency, 'they are not'. This is a scam.
If you receive a call claiming your National Insurance number has been compromised asking you to press a button on your keypad, please terminate the call.
Any general National Insurance enquiries can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/national-insurance-enquiries-for-employees-and-individuals
HMRC Scams
Fraudsters continue to contact residents claiming to be from HMRC (the Tax Office) sometimes claiming that they owe money and that an arrest warrant will be issued if they don’t hand over payment and at other times claiming that the recipients are due a tax refund.
These messages can be by email, phone or text message.
If you are concerned contact your local tax office using a phone number from previous printed communication or from the phonebook. Never use a phone number provided by the scammer.
Phone & Broadband scams
There is currently an epidemic of phone calls, mainly recorded, threatening to disconnect your phone for non-payment or to terminate your broadband due to mis-use.  Do not respond to these calls and NEVER PRESS ONE or any other number unless you have initiated the call.
There is a very good example from a member of one of these phone scams that can be downloaded below.
Click HERE to print this message to pass/send on to neighbours and friends
An Edington member's experience of a 'BT' scam attempt
If you receive a scam email, do not click on anything in it, but forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk

Unless you have initiated the phone call NEVER PRESS 1 (or any other number)
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