Fraudsters who are pretending to be HMRC are now escalating their scams after many years of their fake emails.
There are a few new telephone scams in particular that we would like to make you aware about so that you can take precautions.
Fraudsters make a telephone call and leaves message clamming to Be from HMRC.
The message states that HMRC are bringing a lawsuit against the individual and that they are going to sue them.
The individual is asked to call a phone number 0161 850 8563 and press 1 to speak to the officer dealing with the case.
This scam is being aimed at elderly people. It is important that you are aware about this scam and do not reply to this message.
The bogus caller will contact your accountant claiming that they are HMRC money laundering investigators (MI).
The caller will tell your accountant they previously sent a letter to them about an money laundering report for one of their clients but they may have not received it as of yet.
You may be wondering where you come in to this. The client will then receive a call from someone posing to be their bank claiming HMRC requested their bank statements.
The bogus caller will trick the client into getting online access to gain access to their account and statements.
As our clients it is in our best interest to warn you so that you are not their next victim and you can take precautions
If the person on the other side of the phone cannot verify their identity then you should never disclose any of your personal details.
If you receive any call relation to these scams report these incidents on the Action Fraud website or contact them on 0300 123 2040.
Please remember HMRC will not send emails or text messages to tell you about a tax rebate or penalty and ask for personal or payment information.
To get more guidance on recognising scams please go on the HMRC website www.gov.uk/topic/dealing-with-hmrc/phishing-scams.