The “phishing” emails sent by nefarious individuals, purporting to be from HMRC, have now been joined by bogus phone calls.
We have received information that taxpayers are being called, apparently by HMRC, and advised that they have significant tax bills to pay and the caller encourages the offending taxpayer to settle the bill during the phone call.
We have reproduced below a warning issued by Action Fraud involving the use of iTunes gift cards:
Action Fraud is warning people of a new trend that has hit the UK where fraudsters contact victims claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and trick them into paying bogus debts and taxes using iTunes gift cards.
Victims are being contacted in a variety of methods by fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC and are told they owe an outstanding debt. In the hundreds of cases reported to Action Fraud in the past month, the fraudsters all ask for payment in iTunes gift card voucher codes.
Fraudsters are now moving onto iTunes gift cards to collect money from victims because they can be easily redeemed and easily sold on. The scammers don’t need the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back over the phone.
Fraudsters are contacting victims in three ways:
How to protect yourself:
You can also report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.