IT PAYS to be careful when it comes to phone scams with a number of fraudsters targeting Yorkshire at the moment.

From scammers pretending to be from HMRC to fake Amazon Prime callers, there's no better way to prevent getting caught out than being aware of red flags.

CPR Call Blocker, who created one of the country's best-selling call blocking devices, has compiled a list of the most active scams doing the rounds in our area.

Chelsea Davies, CPR Call Blocker Business Development Manager, said: “Whilst online scams continue to be growing, that doesn't mean that offline scams aren't also on the rise. Indeed, with so many people treating their mobile phones as an extension of their body, people are more accessible by phone than ever before.

“Scammers are becoming more inventive and if something sounds too good to be true or out of the ordinary, it could well be a scam. We always strongly recommend never giving your bank details or paying or something over the phone that you're unsure of. Especially if the call you receive is the first time you have heard of any payment that needs to be made.”


1. Police scam

You may receive a call from someone claiming to be a police officer or detective who convinces you to withdraw funds and hand them over to an investigator.

They may give you a fake crime number and investigation details.

They also convince you not to trust bank staff.

In some cases, people are asked to call 999 or 101 to verify the call is genuine but the scammers keep the line open, so you are actually talking to them.

2. Amazon Prime scam

You may get a call from someone claiming to be from Amazon Prime saying you’ve been charged for an annual subscription.

They then tell you that fraudsters have hacked your account to authorise payment, but it can be cancelled if you press 'one' and then give access to your bank account in order to undo the hack.

Amazon Prime would never ask you to do this.

3. Bank scam

Someone may call claiming to be from your bank saying there’s a problem with your card or account. They may ask for your account, card and PIN details.

They may also advise transferring your money to a ‘safe’ account to protect it. A bank would never ask you to do this.

4. HMRC scam

You may get a call from someone claiming to be from HMRC saying there is an issue with your tax refund or an unpaid tax bill.

They leave a message asking you to call back.

HMRC would never contact you in this way and ask for personal information and bank details.

5. Compensation scam

You receive a call to tell you that you are due compensation for a vehicle/work accident and you are then asked to provide personal details and/or pay an admin fee to proceed.

6. Computer repair scam

An old one, but still very popular. Someone calls claiming to be from a well-known IT firm such as Microsoft to tell you your computer has a virus.

They will ask you to download ‘anti-virus software’ which may cost but also turns out to be spyware, used to get your personal details.

IT companies don't contact customers this way.

How do I stop scam and nuisance calls?

  • Sign up to the Telephone Preference Service by calling 0845 070 0707 or visit
  • Don’t consent to being contacted – get your phone number taken off directories and look out for tick boxed on all marketing correspondence to see if ticking or unticking them will prevent your details being passed on to third parties.
  • Consider getting a call blocker.