Council warning over HMRC scam calls

20 Dec 2017

Northumberland County Council’s Trading Standards Service are again warning people to be aware of telephone calls that claim to be from HMRC or the ‘Inland Revenue.’

Following on from reports earlier in the year, the service has had more calls from the county’s residents that they are receiving an automated recording announcement that claims the Inland Revenue are preparing a case against the person, and if they want to speak to the case office they should press “1”.

Those who press the button are advised that there is a warrant out in their name and if they don’t pay, the police will arrest them. In some instance, where fraudsters manage try to trick victims into paying bogus debts and taxes, they have been asked to pay using iTunes gift cards.

Councillor John Riddle, Cabinet Member for Planning, Housing and Resilience said: “Sadly these types of scams continue and we urge householders to be on their guard and warn elderly relatives and neighbours.”

David Sayer, the Council’s Business Compliance and Public Safety Unit Manager, added: “We always advise people to be wary of receiving calls from unknown sources.

“Many will try to trick people into providing your bank details, so don’t be pressured. We continue to be alarmed by the lengths that telesales operations will go to, to get consumers to part with their hard-earned money.”

Anyone who thinks they have received or been victim to a hoax should call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.

They can report these incidents on the Action Fraud website http://www.actionfraud.police.uk , or via 0300 123 2040.