HMRC issued a warning after reports that new scams had started in the run-up to Christmas.
A number of reports have appeared on social media of scammers trying to rip others off in seedy scams.
And they follow concerns about fake Royal Mail scams and other online scams aimed at taking your money.
Another woman in Bristol even said her life was “completely ruined” after scammers claimed it was from Lloyds Bank and stole money from her bank account.
Phishing scams, where thieves pretend to be from real organizations to get your bank and other details, is just one of the methods that are reported. the express reports.
And it’s HMRC itself – the government agency that deals with tax collection – that some scammers are pretending to represent.
One person told HMRC that they had received an automatic call alert that they would take legal action.
Another said they received a silent call from a number similar to that used by HMRC.
Now the HMRC is warning people to watch out for rip-offs when artists try to steal your money in the run-up to Christmas.
There are some key signs that should be cause for concern – so be careful.
According to HMRC, messages are likely to be fraudulent if they:
- are unexpected
- Offer a refund, tax refund, or grant
- Ask for personal information like bank details
- Tell the victim to send money
A worker shared a worrying development on social media that prompted HMRC’s official support service to urge them to forward the case.
Twitter user @rossowilliams asked, “@ HMRC customers, where should someone report an obviously bogus email attempt to disguise themselves as HMRC?”
In response, HMRC Customer Service said, “Hi Ross, this is a phishing scam.
“We don’t send texts or emails about tax refunds.
“You can forward them to the following address: [email protected]”
Such fraud problems seem to be increasing, as other reports show.
The user @clairywoowoo said: “Damn it, the scammers are busy today. 02093543674 just called me with a silent call. I understand that 0209 calls are often HMRC scams. Honest.”
A similar feeling shared @Will_Robins, who had the following to say: “Whoa! I just got a call from an automated voice telling me that HMRC has started legal proceedings against me for tax evasion.
“So my number leaked (not so difficult that I’ve had it for ages and is listed on many websites, it’s on my business card), & B very bold / lazy.”
The fraud problems arrived exactly as HMRC warned them to be.
The agency previously warned that scammers would show up as tax filing deadlines approached.
On November 17, HMRC announced that fraudsters would issue thousands of text messages and emails as part of their annual self-assessment tax return to take advantage of the benefits.
In the past 12 months alone, HMRC has responded to more than 846,000 referrals from suspicious HMRC public contacts and reported more than 15,500 malicious websites to Internet service providers to be removed.
Around 500,000 of the recommendations made by the public concerned fake tax breaks.
HMRC said in its warning, “A lot of scams are aimed at alerting customers of a bogus ‘tax refund’ or ‘tax refund’ they are entitled to.
“The scammers use language to persuade them to give out personal information, including banking details, to request a ‘refund’.
“Criminals use this information to access customers’ bank accounts, trick them into paying fictitious tax bills, or to sell their personal information to other criminals.”
Karl Khan, HMRC’s interim general manager for customer service, said, “We know that criminals use the self-assessment period to panic customers, share their personal or financial information, and even pay bogus“ taxes due ”.
“If someone calls, emails or texts from HMRC, offers financial help or asks for money, it could be a scam.
“Please take a moment to reflect before parting with any personal information or money.”
Other organizations are also warning people to be careful in the run-up to Christmas.
Lloyds Banking Group issued a warning after a 21-year-old woman from Bristol said fraudsters had used up her credit card and prevented her from regaining access.
It all started with a convincing looking email asking for £ 2 for a package. Bristol Live Reports.
Elsewhere Wiltshire Police said the Wiltshire Times that people had to keep their eyes open.
Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson said: “Lots of people will turn to the internet to plan the upcoming celebrations, but it’s important to remember the basics. Don’t let scammers catch you by want to benefit from the extra time we have. ” output again online.
“Regular conversations with less fraud-conscious, often elderly, people can easily help prevent someone you know from falling victim to these scammers. Prevention is always our preferred strategy. Let us all do our part to help contain these scams.”
It comes after reports of a fake Royal Mail scam.
The Accrington Observer reported that a large number of emails had been sent across the UK claiming to be from Royal Mail.
The fake emails claim that Royal Mail tried unsuccessfully to deliver an item.
The scam sees people being asked to pay a small amount – but that could lead to a big rip off.