HMRC warns on new phone scam

HMRC
By Isabelle Bell

8 July 2016

HMRC has issued a warning on a new telephone scam operating in the UK.

The scam involves a recorded message being left on a person’s voicemail, allegedly from HMRC. It states that HMRC is bringing a lawsuit against the individual and is going to sue them.

The recipient is then asked to phone a number and prompted to speak to the officer dealing with the case.

HMRC said the scam is becoming “widely reported” and may be targeting older people.

The organisation has reminded all customers not to reply to the message or disclose any personal details.

HMRC also advises anyone affected by the scam to report the incident to Action Fraud.

It said it will never use texts or emails to ask for personal or payment information or tell an individual about a tax rebate or penalty.

More information about phishing scams can be found on GOV.UK. HMRC also lists its genuine communications online.

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  • Accountancy

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