Like weeds in the garden some scams refuse to die. The telephone scam purporting to be from the HMRC is doing the rounds again. Fraudsters are trying to scare victims into making payments on the phone to avoid the threat of imminent arrest. If action is not taken, then a warrant will be out for your arrest. The voice sounds very official and the language is quite sinister using words and expressions such as “execution of arrest warrant”, however it’s a scam and must be ignored. Fraudsters are adding credibility to their scam by in some cases addressing victims by their actual names, sadly this is the kind of data available after some of the big data breaches that we saw last year. The HMRC have issued an official warning about this scam having seen a 360% increase in reports in the 6 months to January 2019.
THE HMRC WILL WRITE TO YOU FOR ANY URGENT ISSUES – IGNORE ANY PHONE CALLS, TEXTS OR EMAILS CLAIMING TO BE FROM THEM AS THEY ARE FAKE
Tips and Advice
- Only real with your Tax Code – HMRC will always use your ‘tax code reference number’ in an automated voicemail message or phone call to you
- Keep it to yourself – HMRC will not request personal or financial information any form other than by letter
- Don’t – be pressured into acting quickly, this is a ‘red flag’ and sign of a scam
- Call them to check – the HMRC helpline is currently 0300 200 3300, have your National Insurance Number ready when you call
- Report – you can report suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to firstname.lastname@example.org and texts to 60599. Be sure to make a note of the date of the phone call, the phone number and the content of the phone call.
- Read More – great article and video by Which
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use theironline fraud reporting tool
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