Be­ware bo­gus tax calls

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Opinion -


Fraud­sters are cloning phone num­bers used by the tax­man to frighten vic­tims into hand­ing over money.

Tax­pay­ers – many el­derly – re­ceive au­to­mated calls and an­swer ma­chine mes­sages say­ing ar­rest war­rants have been is­sued.

Peo­ple with caller dis­play see “HMRC” flash up when the phone rings – be­cause the fraud­sters have copied of­fi­cial helpline num­bers.

Fraud­sters tell them to pay fake debts or face court pro­ceed­ings.

HMRC said: “We only ever call ask­ing for pay­ment on a debt you are aware of, ei­ther hav­ing re­ceived a let­ter, or after you’ve told us you owe tax, for ex­am­ple through self-as­sess­ment.”

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