Mobile fraud scam

The latest scam to hit taxpayers is a call to mobile phone numbers from fraudsters posing as HMRC officials requesting immediate payment of £500.   

Taxpayers are being told that the demand relates to unresolved tax issues dating back up to ten years and that and immediate payment is required by credit card. For a start HMRC no longer accepts payment by credit card; anyone receiving such a call should be on alert and notify HMRC.

In certain circumstances HMRC might make contact over the phone. However, customers would initially have received a postal reminder in regards to unpaid bills or late payment. If you have received no previous correspondence the call will be a scam. Even if you have received correspondence from HMRC it is still important to verify the call and not to give any card details over the phone.