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Trading Standards Officers have sent out a warning about two similar scams doing the rounds at the moment – HMRC and Broadband telephone scams.
An automated call claims a court official is preparing a case against you and asks you to respond as a matter of urgency, or that your response is time sensitive.
This is a trick used to put you under pressure to respond before you have time to think. One call states they are preparing for your arrest.
Whilst these calls are clearly scams to get you to give personal and financial details, some residents may be scared or frightened into responding due to the formal and urgent nature of the call.
A spokesperson, said: ‘Our best advice is to end the call immediately.’
Scam calls can be reported to Trading Standards by contacting your local authority.