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HMRC Scam phone calls - Threats to be arrested

Alert message sent 31/10/2019 12:37:00

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Fraudsters are "cloning" phone numbers used by the taxman and calling people in a scheme to rip them off, police and fraud experts have warned.
The official income tax helpline for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is being used to threaten victims by claiming warrants have been issued for their arrest because of unpaid taxes.
People who use the web to check the number - usually 0300 200 3300 - are finding the top Google result confirms it belongs to HMRC.
Some phones will automatically display the number as "HM Revenue & Customs".
Despite the apparently legitimate number, the call is actually from fraudsters.
A growing number of complaints and warnings on social media from victims and police suggest that some people are being fooled.
Scammers have often left voice messages and emails pretending to be from HMRC, but the number "cloning" tactic could be enough to persuade some people to transfer money.
An HMRC spokesperson has said "We will never call you out of the blue asking for moneyā€¯.
"This type of fraud, known as 'number spoofing', works by fraudsters cloning the telephone number of the organisation or person they want to impersonate, which in some cases can be the HMRC," these call need to be reported to for Action Fraud. https://www.actionfraud.police.uk

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PC 2201 Nick Westmacott
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