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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”

How long will you live for?

Posted: December 1, 2017 in News, Podcasts

The Office for National Statistics has come up with a handy calculator to work out your life expectancy.

Hopefully your results won’t be too morbid but should instead make you think about how much you need to save to maintain your lifestyle in the future and what your needs will be when you are older.

Apparently I have another 87 years in me! That is a lot more time on the stockmarket and a lot more expenses.

See how you fare in the calculator below.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Pic courtesy of Buckingham Palace.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged!

Is a Royal wedding good for the economy and why should they and anyone getting married consider a pre-nuptial agreement?

All this and more is discussed in the Quantitative Sneezing podcast presented by Marc Shoffman and featuring Frances Sieber, a partner at legal firm Spring Law.

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Everyone has a tale of woe when it comes to getting on the property ladder, but are we too obsessed with ownership?

Is it better to settle with renting or even just invest in the market?

Will you ever own a property and does it matter?

I spoke with estate agents Scott Ayliffe of LiFE Residential and George Marshall of Stratton Oak Estates as well as property investment platform founders Simon Heawood of Bricklane and  The House Crowd’s Frazer Fearnhead.

What is a millennial?

Why are they obsessed with avocados?

Millennials are often said to be struggling with savings and getting on the property ladder, so why is it important to market products towards them?

All this and more is covered in the latest Quantitative Sneezing podcast featuring MRM millennials expert Sophie Robson

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Episode 2: Have hipsters taken over the economy?

What is a hipster?

Is it really anything new?

Why your gran may actually be a hipster.

All this and more is answered in the second episode of the Quantitative Sneezing podcast.

This recording features freelance journalist Iona Bain, editor of the Young Money Blog.

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Here is a bit of bad news if you are struggling to get on the property ladder.

MatchedBets has calculated how long it would take a Premiership footballer to earn enough to buy a home near their team’s ground.

Time to get saving or just work on that left foot!

The Quantitative Sneezing podcast aims to make sense of what the big economic themes really mean for your wallet.

Episode 1: The death of cash?

  • Is cash dead?
  • Can you buy ice cream with a credit card?
  • Are your new fivers a collector’s item?

All this and more is answered in the first episode of the Quantitative Sneezing podcast.

This recording features Ricky Knox, chief executive of Tandem and Lee Boyce, consumer affairs editor at personal finance website This is Money.

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