People also pose as HMRC. HMRC are hyper-vigilant at warning people about the newest scams and we want to make sure you are aware of some key points too:
- HMRC never send emails about tax refunds or rebates;
- Although HMRC do send texts, they never ask for personal or financial information in a text message;
- HMRC never use WhatsApp to contact customers about a tax refund;
- HMRC never use social media to offer a tax rebate or request personal information.
HMRC is aware of automated phone call scams too. A client of a firm received a call from someone professing to be a bailiff of Northampton Crown Court, calling on behalf of HMRC. The ‘bailiff’ stated that he had a court warrant to collect a sum of £853.27, which would increase by a further £400 if not paid within 30 minutes. He told the client he was on his way to their registered address to seize goods unless the debt was paid within that time.
The client notified HMRC who confirmed that they did not owe anything. HMRC noted all the details, including the phone number, to investigate further and the police were notified.
If you get a suspicious call like this, note the date of the call, the phone number and the content and report it to HMRC here. HMRC also provide more examples of phishing emails and bogus contacts here
If you are unsure about any requests or demands relating to your financial information, you can also contact Barnes & Scott to discuss.