The warning comes after a series of Britons took to Twitter this week to report calls from fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC. Fraudsters claim there was a glitch with someone’s national insurance number in an attempt to steal personal information.
Britons took to Twitter this week to complain about another HMRC scam that is making the rounds.
The scammers told people there was a problem with their national insurance number and it was about to be suspended.
HMRC reacted and advised people to ‘stop’ and ‘dispute’ if this is indeed a scam as they would never call people.
An HMRC spokesperson said: ‘Never get pushed around.
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While some threaten immediate arrest for tax evasion, others claim someone’s national insurance number has been compromised.
In some circumstances, scammers try a different tactic, trying to steal people’s details by offering a tax refund.
In the 12 months to April 2022, almost 277,000 people contacted HMRC about suspicious phone calls, text messages and emails.
Tax credits customers who are due to renew their annual claims by July 31 are warned to watch out for messages and phone calls claiming to be from HMRC.
Myrtle Lloyd, chief executive of customer services at HMRC, said: “We urge all of our customers to be very careful if they are contacted out of the blue by someone asking for money or bank details.
“There are a lot of scams out there where fraudsters call, text or email customers pretending to be HMRC.
“If in doubt, we suggest that you do not respond directly and contact us immediately.
“Look for GOV.UK for our ‘scam checklist’ and ‘how to report tax scams’.”
HMRC recently published three tips to help people spot a scam:
- Stop: Take a moment to think before parting with your money or information. If a phone call, text, or email is unexpected, don’t divulge private information or respond, and don’t download attachments or click on links before verifying. GOV.UK that the contact is genuine. Don’t trust caller ID on phones. Numbers can be spoofed.
- Challenge: You can reject, deny or ignore any request – only criminals will try to rush you or panic you. Search “scams” on GOV.UK for how to recognize a genuine HMRC contact and how to avoid and report scams.
- Protect: Forward suspicious texts claiming to be from HMRC to 60599 and emails to [email protected] Report tax scam phone calls to GOV.UK. Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve been scammed and report it to Action Fraud.