Refund Scam Alert

HMRC

We have received a report that several people in the Sittingbourne area have recently been sent fraudulent cheques drawn on companies like Sky, HMRC (HM Revenue and Customs) etc.

What happens:

  • Resident receives a cheque which is said to be a refund for an overpayment.
  • They are contacted by the criminals within a day or two informing them that the amount refunded was too much.
  • They are given account details and asked to transfer the excess by bank transfer.
  • After the transfer is complete the cheque bounces as it is a “counterfeit cheque” and the resident loses their money.

What to do:

  • Be suspicious if you receive a refund cheque (whether expected or not) and confirm with the actual company that the cheque is legitimate.
  • Contact your bank for help and advice if you have deposited a refund cheque or paid out funds against it.
  • If you have already been a victim of this type of crime call Kent Police on 101 to report.
  • Please warn vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.