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Warning as scams target those doing tax returns

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A WARNING has been issued about scammers targeting those doing tax returns this month.

Pembrokeshire County Council’s Trading Standards team has been contacted about phone calls which falsely claim to be from HMRC.

In one case the recipient was asked to press a specified digit on their phone to connect a call and told that a warrant would be issued for arrest if they did not do what was asked.

The busy period before Tax Returns must be completed often sees an increase in HMRC-related scams, including scam phone calls and emails.

HMRC state that that you will never receive an email, text message, WhatsApp or phone call from them that relates to a tax rebate or penalty or asks for personal or payment information.

Remember to never give out any personal information to a cold-caller or via an unsolicited email.

You can report something suspicious to HMRC’s phishing team, for example:

• a text message (forward it to 60599 – you’ll be charged at your network rate)
• a message in an application, for example WhatsApp – take a screenshot and forward as an email
• an email
• details of a phone call asking for personal information or threatening a lawsuit

Send details to the HMRC phishing team via email: phishing@hmrc.gov.uk

You can also report scams to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk.
If you want consumer advice and support contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 or 0808 223 1144 for a Welsh speaker – the details will be shared with Trading Standards who may also contact you by phone to offer support and advice.

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A40 closed at Scleddau due to collision between car and motorbike

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EMERGENCY SERVICES have shut the A40 at in Scleddau due to a serious road collision.

The accident happened just before 2pm. The Herald understands that the collision involved a motorcycle and car at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

Police said: “Emergency services are currently on scene and dealing with the incident. Please find an alternative route if possible. Update to follow.”

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Moley’s Ambassador March to support those who have lost a child

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ON SATURDAY (Jun 19), Andrew Cole (aka Moley) will set off on a 24 hour walk around Pembrokeshire with the aim of doing as many miles in as little time as possible. 

Moley is proud to have recently been made ambassador of the charity ‘2 Wish UponAa Star’ an organisation dedicated to supporting families that have lost a child under 25 years of age.

He will be setting off at 6am in the morning from Neyland and walking all day and night, finishing at 6am the following morning.

2 wish upon a star was set up by Rhian Mannings, who set up the charity after losing her own son.

By celebrating the lives of those lost, and offering support to families through their grief; Rhian and her team offer an essential service to the community and those families who have suffered the devastation of losing a loved one.

Appealing for support from the people of Pembrokeshire he said: “Please give generously to support the wonderful work of Rhian and her team. Also, if you happen to see me in the day, feel free to give me a beep of encouragement’

“If you would like to donate to Moley, and support the charity, you can visit his JustGiving page.”

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/moleycole

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Lifeboats and chopper in major air sea rescue off the coast of Tenby

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TWO RNLI lifeboats from both Tenby and Angle stations have been launched to assist a coastguard helicopter which has been scrambled from MOD St Athen.

It is understood that a search for a missing person or persons is underway.

Paged this morning: Angle Lifeboat is currently involved in the search south of Tenby

The alarm was raised before 10am this morning (June 18).

Tenby’s Y-boat is also involved in the operation, The Herald understands.

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Rescue underway: Coastguard chopper position at 1030HRS on Friday, Jun 18 (Pic MarineTraffic)
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