Listen to an HMRC Scam Call + Key things to listen out for + What to do when you get a scam caller

Listen to an HMRC Scam Call + Key things to listen out for + What to do when you get a scam caller
Nearly 1m people in the UK have received fake calls, texts or emails from criminals posing as HMRC or a Tax/Government authority with over 200,000 phone calls similar to the one recorded below have been reported in the last year alone!

Things to watch out for:

  • Remember it’s pretty much public records your previous address information
  • Keep an eye on sites like HaveIBeenPwned to see if you data has been compromised
  • If it’s HMRC they will send you a letter

When asked in an interview with the FT, HMRC said:

Scammers use a range of techniques, including phoning taxpayers and offering a bogus tax refund, or threatening them with arrest if they don’t immediately pay tax owed’

Do people really call for this sort of thing?

Sadly yes, and the trickster know it, so they continue via any means possible! It’s estimated £56m was lost to impersonation scams in the first 6 months of 2019, where criminals pose as police, bank staff or other officials!

What to do if you’re unsure:

  • Always Google search the number, 90% of the time the number has been reported by others, if not report it yourself on sites like WhoCalledMe
  • NEVER take action from a phone call like this
  • NEVER click a link or attachment from within an email unless you’re 100% sure the sender is safe
  • If anyone over the phone is asking for your bank details it’s likely a scam
  • HMRC will never text or email you to arrange a tax rebate etc

Listen to an example of an HMRC Scam Call:

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Important things to remember with everything we post:

  • If you earn over your personal allowance (currently £12,570 a year) HMRC need to get their % cut (even if the money is in cash or from another country)
  • If you’re working for yourself / earning an income on the side you need to let HMRC know – There are numerous benefits but also some drawbacks
  • You need to always ensure whatever you’re doing is legal and not hurting anyone else – be careful and always think twice
  • Some income streams may require you to have DBS check, licence, insurance or qualifications before you can start to profit from it, do your research.
  • Be careful that any additional income doesn’t compromise your studies or main income/job
  • If you work for a company check your contract, if you don’t inform them you’re working on other side projects outside of work they may have grounds to ownership on this work

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