Rebecca Higginbottom, Accounts Manager in our Long Eaton office came across a scam call recently that involved a call from somone claiming to be from the ‘County Court Sheriff’s Office’, demanding immediate settlement of a debt – or assets would be seized.
The caller was very charming, very believable and very pushy! Our client did the right thing and put the fraudster through to Rebecca who was able to deal with it.
Another of the scams is a voicemail allegedly from HMRC, stating that they will be taking the individual to court and leaving a number to call back on. Another scam doing the rounds is where individuals are being tricked into paying fictitious taxes using iTunes gift cards.
If you receive contact from HMRC and are in any doubt that it is a genuine call you should end it immediately and report it on the Action Fraud website or call on 0300 123 2050. Alternately you can contact us and we can report it on your behalf.
Victims are also being contacted by text and email.
At first glance, a scam email – also known as a ‘phishing’ email – can look very believable but there are certain things that can clearly indicate a bogus email:
You can also visit HMRC’s website, which has an up-to-date list of all planned and official digital communications from HMRC.
HMRC will never email or text to inform you of a tax rebate or ask you to disclose personal information.