HM Revenue and Customs Alert

17th January 2019, 9:47am | By catherinerussell |

 

 

 

What you need to know
Action Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages or emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards.

If the victim is hesitant or refuses to comply, the suspect makes a threat such as immediate arrest, bailiffs or in cases where the victim appears to be of overseas origin; deportation.

Often, the period for which the tax is allegedly due is distant enough to guarantee the victim will have little, if any, paperwork or ability to verify the claims. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

It is vital that the public exercise caution when receiving messages or telephone calls of this nature.

What you need to do
Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information. Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and contact details), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Instead, contact the company directly using trusted methods such as a known email address or phone number.

Listen to your instincts. If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. No genuine organisation will ask you to pay taxes, bills or fees using iTunes Gift Cards, or any other type of voucher.

Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision. Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot.

Report Phishing attempts. If you receive a call, text or email of this nature and have not lost money, report this as a phishing attempt to Action Fraud.

Comments and Discussion

Comments are closed.

Make a Post

You must be logged in to add a post.
Change your life and someone else’s

Change your life and so...

Alzheimer's Society's Side by Side service is a volunt...
Wiltshire Council Get Active Holiday sport programme keeps kids active this summer

Wiltshire Council Get A...

With the summer holidays only a few weeks away, Wiltsh...

RRogersCEM

Local news : Tidworth Area Board meets Monday 25th Nov...
Volunteer Community Ambassadors

Volunteer Community Amb...

We are looking for volunteers to join our team of comm...
Vale of Pewsey Historic Map Information Boards

Vale of Pewsey Historic...

This project was the brainchild of Sylvie Clayden, a P...
Important news for all budding community reporters

Important news for all ...

You may have noticed that we have changed the look and...
Motiv8

Motiv8

Motiv8 exists to improve the life chances of young peo...
Dementia Advisers are here to help

Dementia Advisers are h...

Providing help, support, a friendly face and sometimes...
First steps for new groups

First steps for new groups

When you are thinking about setting up a new group, it...
Setting the aims of your group

Setting the aims of you...

It’s a good idea to  work out the aims of your gro...
Personalisation Board

Personalisation Board

A Personalisation Board is being set up in Wiltshire a...
Opportunity to represent Wiltshire on the youth parliament

Opportunity to represen...

Applications will be open from 18 November 2019 for yo...
Mind Reset, in Malmesbury and Chippenham

Mind Reset, in Malmesbu...

“In all the Community Areas in Wiltshire Young Peopl...
Accommodation Support

Accommodation Support

The Early Help Young People's Accommodation Officer wo...

RRogersCEM

Local news : Dementia Advisers are here to help - http...
Wiltshire Council Get Active Holiday sport programme keeps kids active this summer

Wiltshire Council Get A...

With the summer holidays only a few weeks away, Wiltsh...

RRogersCEM

Local news : Enfrd Film Club - https://t.co/0LO3KvJxqD

RRogersCEM

Latest local news : Dementia Advisers are here to help...
Opening a bank account

Opening a bank account

Running any group costs money and it’s a good idea t...

RRogersCEM

Latest local news : Enford Film Club - https://t.co/zh...
Managing your money

Managing your money

Information and tips to help your whole committee take...
Black Friday – special offers at Wiltshire Council leisure centres

Black Friday – specia...

          &nbs...
Repair cafe

Repair cafe

"The UK generates 26m tonnes of waste every single yea...
Enford Film Club

Enford Film Club

ENFORD FILM CLUB Tuesday 26 November 7.00 p.m. for ...
Volunteer with Alzheimer’s Society

Volunteer with Alzheime...

“Side by Side” is a one-to-one volunteer service t...