Bo­gus tax calls alert

The People - - NEWS FEATURES -

FRAUD­STERS are “cloning” the tax­man’s phone num­ber to frighten vic­tims into pay­ing bo­gus debts.

The scam­mers leave voice mes­sages telling peo­ple they are be­ing sum­monsed and to press a num­ber to speak to an HMRC “case worker”.

The num­ber the trick­sters are us­ing is a cloned official HMRC helpline.

Calls have been re­ported to po­lice na­tion­wide.

Re­tired House of Com­mons worker Stephen Har­ri­son, 63, of North Lon­don, said: “They told me there was an ar­rest war­rant is­sued against me. It is very wor­ry­ing.”

HMRC said: “We will never call you out of the blue ask­ing for money.”

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