You should always be cautious when dealing with any communications from HMRC as they are now one of the biggest bodies used to try and scam the general public and now the latest trick in the con artists’ playbook has been revealed. It’s one that exploits a big fear for the self-employed – a tax investigation.
Brand New HMRC Voice Mail Scam
The way this current con works, a voicemail is left by an automated system using a computerised voice. The message says that they are investigating the taxpayer for non-payment of taxes and plan to bring a lawsuit against them. The recipient is asked to phone 0161 8508494 and press “1” to speak with the officer dealing with the case.
If you call the number back you are asked simply to pay your outstanding tax bill by HMRC using a credit or debit card. The criminals even go as far as to threaten a criminal investigation if the taxpayer does not call back and that their home is under surveillance.
How to avoid being conned
This scam is effective because HMRC do call self-employed people and leave messages, HMRC will always use a reference number that you will recognise and they very rarely discuss things like a tax investigation out of the blue, usually, you will have had many discussions with them before it gets to that point.
If you are ever asked to provide personal, payment or bank details make sure it is you who have initiated the call and also check the HMRC website for the correct number to call.
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