Posted January 23, 2019
SCAM! Is my call from HMRC a scam?
Is my call from HMRC a scam is a question we have been asked a number of times this year, and we want to warn all of our readers in the dramatic increase in the number of scammer pretending to be calling from HMRC.
According to BBC Radio 5 Live’s’ “Wake up to Money” programme reports of fraudulent telephone conversations to HMRC have increased to 85,000 a month during 2018.
What to do if you are targeted?
If the call is genuine HMRC will accept that you may want to return the call using numbers found on their website.
HMRC do on occasion call tax payers about outstanding bills and do use automated messages, but HMRC will always use your Unique Taxpayers Reference (UTR), if a message does not contain your UTR or the UTR is wrong the message is unlikely to be from HMRC.
It is not only calls and voicemails, increasingly scammers are using texts and emails to taxpayers so you should remain cautious of any correspondence purporting to be from HMRC asking you to pay money.
Reporting a scam