Beware of HMRC telephone scam

We have been contacted by several clients recently, who have received bogus calls as part of the latest HMRC telephone scam.

The call features an automated message claiming to be from the Police and states they have received a complaint from HMRC’s tax department and there is a warrant for the client’s arrest. The message continues to give a warrant number and asks the listener to contact HMRC. This is a fake message from fraudsters - do not respond.

Other HMRC scams

It follows a similar scam earlier this year, which sent automated messages claiming that the listener was under an HMRC investigation. These scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated so that even the caller’s telephone number appears to be legitimate.

If you receive an automated message like this, or something similar, do not respond. Please report it to Action Fraud, or call them on 0300 123 2040 (charged at the normal network rate). They are open Monday to Friday 9:00 – 18:00.

You should also report the full details to HMRC (date, time, phone number used and content of the call) via email (phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk).

New HMRC telephone and email scams are being developed all the time. If you ever receive a call or email that you think might be a hoax, but are unsure, please contact us on 01225 325580.