An alert to a scam which targets taxpayers and seems to be aimed at the elderly in particular.

There is currently a telephone scam where a recorded message is left, allegedly from HMRC, stating that HMRC are bringing a lawsuit against the individual and is going to sue them.  The recipient is asked to phone 0161 8508494 and press ‘1’ to speak to the officer dealing with the case.  This scam is becoming widely reported and seems to be targeting older people.  Please do not respond to this message, as you will be charged an extortionate rate for this telephone call.

HMRC takes security very seriously but you need to be alert.  If you cannot verify the identity of the person making the call you should not disclose your personal details.  You should report these incidents on the ACTION FRAUD website, or you can call them on 0300 123 2040 (Please note this number will be charged at your normal network rate).  They are open Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00