Tax Rebates & Refunds

Welsh shops report tax rebate scam phone calls

November 13, 2012
Posted in Fraud, Tax Rebates — Written by Chris

Shops in a town in Carmarthenshire, in the south west of Wales, have reported a spate of telephone calls from scammers attempting to obtain money from people by offering them tax rebates.

At a recent town council meeting, residents and business owners in the town of Kidwelly were warned of the scam by Sergeant Heulwen Aston. He explained that people had received phone calls from callers claiming to work for UKash, and in the calls they were asked to pay a fee in order to receive tax rebates.

Sergeant Aston said:

“They are informed that once they have paid an admin fee that can amount to hundreds via UKash. When the first voucher is bought they will say they have re-evaluated the sum and have discovered that they are entitled to more.

“They have to pay a further admin fee, which they do, that is cashed overseas by fraudsters and the trail will run cold.”

Shop owners have been advised not to give out any financial or personal details if they receive such a phone call, and definitely not to make any payments. The best way to prevent the crime is to report the calls to the local police authorities.

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