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HMRC Scam

HMRC Phone Call Scam

I have just had a weird phonecall from a retired client and was wondering if anyone else has had this happen to them:

My client had a phonecall from an automated service saying that they were calling on behalf of HMRC and that there is a warrent out for his arrest for non payment and that he was to call a telephone number immediately. The number was repeated a second time.  

Thankfully because he is now retired, my client had the sense to check this out with me as to the current status of his account with HMRC (all paid and on longer required to submitt a Tax Return) but this is a new level of scam.  Has anyone else experienced this yet?

 

 

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17th Jul 2018 13:51

It's a very common and well publicised scam. I'm surprised you haven't come across it before. If the victim bites they will usually be told that officers are on their way to arrest them and the only way to stay out of jail is to rush to the shops and buy hundreds of pounds worth of iTunes vouchers and read out the code numbers over the phone to pay off the debt.

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17th Jul 2018 14:08

iTunes vouchers - the new currency.

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17th Jul 2018 14:13

I thought that was a throat sweet

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By Ruddles
17th Jul 2018 14:23

I want one of these calls.

I can then waste their time while I 'buy' the vouchers, then scratch off the first one to reveal the code

Y O U S I R A R E A N A S S W I P E

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17th Jul 2018 14:39

Just paid this month's PAYE in Argos vouchers.

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17th Jul 2018 14:43

Sadly this is very common and several of my clients have received similar calls. Even if they shut this scam down it's only a matter of time before another one starts up.

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