HMRC Scam Alert

The telephone scam voicemail purporting to be from the HMRC is doing the rounds again. There is currently a telephone scam where a recorded message is left, from the HMRC. The fraudster will pretend to be an official requesting that you pay back unpaid HMRC taxes.

The voicemail will request that you make immediate payment or give you a phone number to call where you can input your bank information. 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 expressions such as “execution of arrest warrant”, however it’s a scam and must be ignored.

IF YOU RECEIVE A VOICEMAIL FROM SOMEONE CLAIMING TO BE FROM HMRC THREATENING LEGAL ACTION, DO NOT REPLY AND FOLLOW THE TIPS BELOW:

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 of financial information in the form of a voicemail message.
  • Don’t – be pressured into acting quickly, this is a ‘red flag’ and sign of a scam.
  • Make note – listen to the voicemail again and take down pertinent information to be used to verify that the HMRC intended to call you or to report if not a legitimate call.
  • 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 phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk 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?

 

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.

Reassura is dedicated to helping raise awareness of scams and fraud and the impact they have on their victims. Reassura’s team of specialist anti-fraud advisors are available to help members make better decisions and avoid becoming victim to scams and fraud.

For further information or for advice and assistance regarding any potential scam, call Reassura on 0800 888 6400

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