Action fraud issues warning of fraudulent scams from HMRC

A recent increase of scammers has been noticed by Action Fraud, reports suggest that the fraudsters are pretending to be HM & Revenue with malicious calls, voicemails, text messages, and emails to a large number of the public

The fraudsters state as a consequence of not paying their “tax” or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings, such as repossession of belongings to settle their balance.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the fraudsters make a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in many different cases, overseas deportation.

Frequently, the period is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the fraudsters close all contact.

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.