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Scam concerning a fraudster claiming to be HMRC

24 March 2020 / Neil Warren
Issue: 4737 / Categories: Comment & Analysis
HMRC scam alert

Key points

  • Scam calls may seem obvious to tax professionals.
  • Use of fear tactics to encourage panic.
  • Not all clients may realise a caller is fake.

Imagine this situation: you are having a leisurely cup of coffee in the middle of the afternoon happily reading the sports pages of your favourite newspaper and your phone rings with a number you don’t recognise – 020 4200 5900 to be precise. You take the call and are greeted with the following message: ‘This is HM Revenue and Customs: you owe us tax for fraud you have committed press button one to urgently talk to one of our staff’ (or words to that effect).

This is the situation that I found myself in recently and my natural reaction was to hang up on...

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