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190608 | Increased reporting of malicious calls and voicemails, purporting to be from HMRC | Neighbourhood Alert

Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls and voicemails, to members of the public purporting to be from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

HMRC Alert

Alert message sent 07/06/2019 17:01:00

Information sent on behalf of Action Fraud (NFIB)


What you need to know

  • Action
    Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls
    and voicemails, to members of the public purporting to be from Her
    Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
  • Fraudsters
    are spoofing genuine HMRC telephone numbers to deceive their victims
    over the phone. The fraudsters state that as a result of the victim’s
    non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable for prosecution
    or other legal proceedings in order to settle the balance. The
    fraudsters suggest victims can avoid this, by arranging payment to be
    made immediately by methods such as bank transfer or by purchasing
    iTunes gift cards.
  • If
    the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat
    such as immediate arrest, sending bailiffs to the victim’s address or,
    in some cases, deportation.
  • Often,
    the period for which the tax 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 suspects sever all contact
    with the victim.
  • In
    genuine cases, HMRC will initially make direct contact with you via
    post/letter and potentially follow up that letter with a phone call at a
    later date.
  • If
    HMRC contact you via telephone they will quote the reference number on
    the initial letter you should have received. HMRC will not discuss
    something you are not already aware of, like a tax investigation, and
    will NOT demand immediate payment.

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.
  • Legitimate
    organisations wouldn’t ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using an
    iTunes gift card, or any other type of voucher. If you’re contacted by
    anyone that asks you to do this, you’re likely the target of a scam
  • 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, you can report this as phishing to Action Fraud
Message sent by
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

 

via https://www.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/da/273131

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