|We are continuing to see an increase in reports on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) scams as well as changes to how they can trick you.
How it works:
- You may receive a “Delivered by hand” letter prior to the phone call.
- Scammers can “spoof” their numbers so it may look like the call is from an official HMRC number.
- The scammer claims there is an overdue tax bill or the resident has been overpaid tax credits.
- They say the resident must pay up immediately or they will be taken to court where they could face 5 years in prison or someone will come to their address and collect goods to that value.
In some calls, the scammer claims to be a police officer and says that an arrest warrant has been issued.
How they are asking for payment:
- By bank transfer and to send a photo via WhatsAPP to prove the transfer has been done or
- Buying iTunes, Google Play or Amazon vouchers and either sending a photo of the voucher codes via WhatsAPP or phoning the numbers through.
These calls are not being made by HMRC!
What to do:
- Hang up and don’t return their calls.
- NEVER disclose any personal information such as bank details or date of birth, no matter who the person claims to be.
- Contact HMRC if you’re worried about a call you’ve received
- If you have already given money to scammers, contact Kent Police by calling 101