A warning call about ‘HMRC’ fraudsters’ frightening scams

Scammers claim the householder is subject to an arrest warrant for undeclared tax

Readers are telling us they have received automated calls purporting to be from HM Revenue & Customs. Some claim the householder is the subject of an arrest warrant for previously undeclared tax. To dispute it, you are asked to press “1”, which connects to a call centre.

“When I queried why I hadn’t received any paperwork I was told Royal Mail had tried to deliver this but I hadn’t been home to receive it. She then tried to obtain various items of personal information including my date of birth and national insurance number,” wrote JS from Cumbria.

Fraudsters have increasing been posing as HMRC officials, so take note.

We welcome letters but cannot answer individually. Email us at consumer.champions@theguardian.com or write to Consumer Champions, Money, the Guardian, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU. Please include a daytime phone number. Submission and publication of all letters is subject to our terms and conditions


Miles Brignall

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