Po­lice warn­ing about HMRC phone call scam

Scam­mers say you are be­ing taken to court

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - NI­CHOLAS DAW­SON ni­cholas.daw­son@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HINCK­LEY Po­lice are warn­ing res­i­dents about phone call scam­mers try­ing to take peo­ple’s money by pos­ing as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from HMRC.

The fake callers ask for money to be paid in­stantly to them in or­der to pre­vent court ac­tion, warn- ing of po­lice ac­tion if their vic­tims do not com­ply.

Hinck­ley Po­lice said via its Face­book page: “This has been con­firmed as a scam and any phone calls of this na­ture should be re­ported to Ac­tion Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

“If you are in any doubt DO NOT PAY.

“You can also con­tact HMRC on 0345 300 3900 or visit their web­site.”

Mark Stephen­son told The Hinck­ley Times his ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing called by the fraud­sters.

He said: “I was con­tacted last week at ap­prox­i­mately 1pm by an au­to­mated phone call telling me I’m go­ing to be pros­e­cuted by Her Majesty’s Govern­ment and to press one for de­tails of the pend­ing court case.

“On press­ing one, I was im­me­di­ately an­swered by a strong ac­cented In­dian who asked me my name, I gave just my sur­name to which he then gave me my post­code and asked if that was cor­rect.

“I said it was, but I was sus­pi­cious as I hadn’t given my first names or how my sur­name was spelt, which every­one gets wrong.”

The man then asked for his Na­tional In­sur­ance num­ber and date of birth, warn­ing that if he did not co­op­er­ate then a po­lice of­fi­cer would be sent to ver­ify the in­for­ma­tion.

Mr Stephen­son said: “I hap­pily said I would wait for the po­lice to come and put the phone down.

“I then con­tacted the HMRC and asked them if they had a pros­e­cu­tion pend­ing on me and how they would con­tact me.

“As you can guess it is a scam, they would only con­tact you by let­ter and they had noth­ing against my name, which was what I ex­pected.

“I think you need to warn read­ers about the above men­tioned scam, as I’m sure some peo­ple will be taken in by it.”

The phone num­ber the scam­mers used in con­tact­ing Mr Stephen­son was 0203 389 5612.

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