Telephone Scam Doing The Area –

Scam Warning:
Phone message threatens HMRC lawsuit

3 people have today contacted me today with similar stories all have had 2 automated calls today purporting to be from HMRC (Her Majestys Revenue & Customs) and do you know they are issuing criminal proceedings against us and could we press 1 to speak to our case worker!

Fortunately none of the ‘victims’ continued the call – and the numbers left have both been some form of mobile.

Below is from the HMRC themselves…

There is currently a telephone scam where a recorded message is left, allegedly from HMRC, stating that HMRC are bringing a lawsuit against the individual and is going to sue them. The recipient is asked to phone 0161 8508494 and press “1” to speak to the officer dealing with the case. This scam is becoming widely reported and seems to be targeting older people. Please do not reply to the message.

HMRC takes security very seriously but you need to be alert. If you cannot verify the identity of the person making the call you should not disclose your personal details. You should report these incidents on the Action Fraud website, or you can call them on 0300 123 2040 (Please note this number will be charged at your normal network rate). They are open Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00.

Please don’t get scammed – if you don’t know whether you owe the taxman money or are entitled to a refund – invest in getting proper professional advice.

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