Posted: Wed 27th Jun 2018

Watch Out: That HMRC scam is being used to target people Flintshire…. again

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Jun 27th, 2018

Flintshire Trading Standards has issued a warning following reports scammers have been targeting residents in the area claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The scam involves a phone call telling the recipient they have underpaid on their tax and unless you pay up immediately either police or HMRC officials will raid their home. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A Trading Standards spokesperson said the scammers tell the householder they will “take what is owed or that you will be arrested. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

HMRC DO NOT work in this way and will not cold call anyone making threats such as this.” advice is to terminate the call immediately. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Well known elements of the HMRC scam: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

  • Fraudsters tend to contact the elderly and vulnerable claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs.
  • Victims are being told they have arrest warrants, outstanding debts or unpaid taxes in their name.
  • The fraudsters are asking victims to purchase iTunes gift cards as payment.
  • There are a variety of methods being used including calls, texts and voicemails.

Victims are contacted by a variety of methods by fraudsters claiming to be from HMRC, in many cases they ask for payment in iTunes gift card voucher codes. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Fraudsters like iTunes gift cards to collect money from victims because they can be easily redeemed and easily sold on. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The scammers don’t need the physical card to redeem the value and instead get victims to read out the serial code on the back over the phone. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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