Protect yourself against fraudsters and beware of the latest HMRC scam. Listen to what this sounds like, so you know what to look out for and can make sure to avoid being a vulnerable target!
“The issue at hand is extremely time sensitive,” the pre-recorded message says. “If you do not call us back or we do not hear from your solicitors, either, then get ready to face the legal consequences.”
Listen to the scam in action
You can hear a clip of the call below:
Any real issues with your taxes likely won’t be brought up over the phone, particularly in this manner. So, you can rest assured if you get a call from HMRC, it’s most likely a scam.
What to do if you receive a HMRC scam call
If you receive a call claiming to be from the HMRC, search the phone number on the HMRC’s official website. If the number doesn’t come up, it’s probably a scam.
Scammers often attempt to instill a sense of urgency in victims to make them slip up. The real HMRC will not make threats over the phone, legal or otherwise, that require immediate action.
UK residents can report scam phone numbers to Action Fraud. HMRC scams in particular can be emailed to the agency’s phishing team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wherever you report the call, you’ll need to include:
- caller’s phone number
- date of the call
- brief description of the call
Remember to also take a look at the 12 scams of Christmas which we’ve highlighted here.