HMRC is a familiar name to many individuals, especially those who frequently deal with their tax affairs. The official non-ministerial department o
HMRC is a familiar name to many individuals, especially those who frequently deal with their tax affairs. The official non-ministerial department of the UK Government can get in touch with Britons legitimately to help them with a wide range of tax and payment-related issues. But with this knowledge, cybercriminals are pretending to be HMRC officials in an attempt to scare and scam as many people as they can.
The latest spate of scam calls involve threats of tax fraud that Britons should look out for.
An automated voice, occasionally leaving a message on a person’s phone, informs them they have been involved in tax fraud, and that there will be severe consequences for this action.
Individuals are threatened with having their National Insurance number suspended, and also being arrested.
To rectify the issue, the recipient of the call is then told to press one on their receiver.
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Once a person believes the issue is resolved, the fraudsters can then access their bank account and wipe their hard-earned cash.
Recent reports showed that in Nottinghamshire alone, fraud victims lost a staggering £23,293 to HMRC scams in just one week.
As such, individuals are being told never to engage with this type of call at all, even if they know it to be a scam.
People should never press one, and put the phone down immediately if they receive a call of this kind.
Several individuals issued warnings via social media that they had been targeted by scam correspondence claiming to be from HMRC.
One dismayed person wrote: “I had a call from HMRC and I thought it was real, but it was a scam.
“I cried for 20 minutes, and the woman on the phone scamming me started shouting at me.”
Another called for a crackdown on the scammers to keep Britons safe, saying: “Boris Johnson, what are the Government doing about fraudulent calls and texts? It’s relentless.
“I report them every time. You need to do something.”
Whereas another person mused: “Just got a phone call from “HMRC” telling me I was about to be arrested for tax fraud. Obvious scam.”
HMRC warned Britons: “If you cannot verify the identity of the caller, we recommend you do not speak to them.
“If you’ve been a victim of the scam and suffered financial loss, report it to Action Fraud.”