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Warning after rise in phone scam reports

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Lincolnshire Police have issued a warning to people to be aware of scam phone calls following an increase in reports over the past 48 hours.

In several cases the caller claims to be from either HMRC or the police, threatening an arrest, a lawsuit or telling the victims that they are under investigation.

The objective is to get the victim to pay money.

In one incident, the victim was instructed to go to the local Post Office to withdraw funds.

In some other cases the victim is left a voicemail, which sounds like an automated message, which threatens them.

"Please be aware that not all calls are the same and criminals can continue to change tactics," a police spokesman said.

"We are also asking for members of the public to tell their elderly family members and friends about of this fraud, and to raise as much awareness as possible."

DI John Webster said: "If you receive one of these calls please do not withdraw or transfer money, no matter how serious the threat appears to be – hang up immediately and notify Action Fraud or Lincolnshire Police on 101."

Members can report the matter by:

- Calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visiting actionfraud.police.uk;

- Calling Lincolnshire Police on 101, or emailing force.control@lincs.pnn.police.uk; and

- Following Op Signature at its dedicated Twitter account: @Op_Signature

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