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:
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 email@example.com
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?