In the 12 months to August 2022, HMRC responded to more than 180,000 referrals to suspicious public contacts, of which nearly 81,000 were scams offering fake tax breaks.
Criminals claiming to be from HMRC have targeted individuals via email, SMS and phone with communications ranging from fake tax refunds to threatening arrest for tax evasion. Contacts like this should set alarm bells ringing – HMRC would never announce a threat of arrest.
Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC’s director general for customer service, said: “Never get rushed. If someone contacts you saying they are from HMRC and wants you to transfer money urgently or give out personal information, beware.
“HMRC will never call and threaten arrest. Only criminals do that.
“Tax fraud comes in many forms. Some threaten immediate arrest for tax evasion, others offer a discount. Contacts like this should ring alarm bells so take your time and read ‘HMRC scam advice’ on GOV.UK.”
Anyone who has been contacted by someone claiming to be from HMRC in a way that raises suspicion is advised to take the time and investigate fraud advice on GOV.UK.
Customers can report any suspicious activity to HMRC. You can forward suspicious texts claiming to be from HMRC to 60599 and emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Tax fraud phone calls can be reported to HMRC online form on GOV.UK.
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