WARNING HMRC PHISHING EMAILS AND NOW TELEPHONE CALLS
I hope that most of us are aware of phishing emails and texts sent by scammers pretending to be HMRC and are on the lookout in our inboxes and on our mobile phones for anything suspicious. Now there is a new scam in town; they are making phone calls and these are increasing. A particular scam which has been identified begins with an automated message saying “This is Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs. We have been trying to reach you to let you know we are filing a law suit against you.”. They then give a list of options, eg ‘Press One to speak to your Case Officer’. The fraudsters have, incredibly, been asking for people to pay their bogus debts with online music store iTunes’ gift cards.
On the Gov.UK website, HMRC categorically state
HMRC will NEVER send notifications by email about tax rebates or refunds. They will never contact you by text or send an email with a PDF attachment. If you receive a bogus phone call then end the call immediately and report it to HRMC. All the details of these various scams and how to avoid/report them are available on this link https://bit.ly/2irHP6T
Action Fraud is the UK’s National fraud and cyber crime reporting centre and they have a wealth of information on their website. If you are in doubt about whether or not you are being a victim of fraud then please contact them as they are the experts. Their website is