Margaret Statham (Nottinghamshire County Council, Trading Standards Officer, Nottinghamshire) writes: We have received some reports of people receiving calls claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
The caller claims that HMRC is filing a lawsuit and needs money to be paid asap. The telephone message requires the callers to ‘press 1 to speak to a caseworker in order to make an immediate payment’
HMRC will never send emails or call you about a tax rebate, refund or personal information. HMRC have confirmed this is a scam along with any calls offering a tax refund if the caller provides bank or credit card information.
The calls have been made using a variety of phone numbers and HMRC is keen to hear from anyone who has experienced such calls by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details on this, and other HMRC scams can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phishing-and-bogus-emails-hm-revenue-and-customs-examples/
Victims of a scam who suffered a financial loss should reports it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via their website at www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_phishing
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