Latest telephone tax scam

Telephone message left by hoax caller threatens an HMRC lawsuit

HMRC has asked us to alert members to a scam which is targeting taxpayers and seems to be aimed at the elderly in particular. We have been asked to share the following information:

‘There is currently a telephone scam where a recorded message is left, allegedly from HMRC, stating that HMRC are bringing a lawsuit against the individual and is going to sue them. The recipient is asked to phone 0161 8508494 and press “1” to speak to the officer dealing with the case. This scam is becoming widely reported and seems to be targeting older people. Please do not reply to the message.

ICAEW has also had a report of an attempted scam as follows:

  • Member received a call from “HMRC ML investigators”
  • Caller said they had written before about a ML report [not the member’s] but the member hadn't received any such letter
  • The member’s client received a call allegedly from their bank to say HMRC wanted 3 years bank statements
  • The client called the member who confirmed that HMRC had contacted him. Thus the member unwittingly gave credibility to the request for bank statements
  • The client called the ‘bank’ back on the number given but got suspicious when asked for too many details which he refused to give
  • There were many attempts to get access to the company’s bank account over the subsequent weekend. Fortunately all failed

Incidents such as these should be reported on the Action Fraud website, or by phoning 0300 123 2040.

HMRC provides further information on phishing and scams and how to recognise genuine contact and reports can be made to

To learn more about dealing with phishing and scams visit GOV.UK.’

  • If callers to this number have been defrauded or attempts have been made to defraud, this is a serious matter.  Why doesn't HMRC report this to the police?  The police would then be able to trace the phone number and get an arrest warrant so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.

    Or is that too simple?