How to scam the scammers!

Posted: January 23, 2018 in News, Podcasts

It is self assessment season so everyone is rushing to get their tax returns back to HMRC by the end of January!

But scammers are also seeing this as an opportunity.

I had a call from one that starts with a recorded message urging me to phone back Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs as I was being investigated for tax fraud.

The scammers aim in these calls is to get you to make a payment over the phone.

Plenty of people would panic so I called them back, see if you can spot the clues that show this is totally fake.

This is HMRC’s guidance on these sorts of calls:

“We’re aware of a bogus phone call scam being made, claiming to be from HMRC. The fraudsters behind the calls may encourage you to provide personal and financial information in exchange for a bogus tax refund. Alternatively, the bogus call may state that HMRC is filing a lawsuit against you, and that you must make an immediate payment. This scam has been widely reported, and appears to be targeting elderly and vulnerable people.

“If you can’t verify the identity of the caller, we recommend that you don’t liaise with them. If an incident has resulted in financial loss please report this to Action Fraud. It would also assist our investigations if you could forward details such as date, time of call and the telephone number used to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk”

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