There have been multiple reports of a fraudulent phone call that threatens you with arrest due to “tax issues” being made to mobiles as of recent.
The call – which is automated and is frequently coming from the Bolton-registered landline number 01204 243730, as well as a series of other landline and mobile numbers – tells the recipient the HRMC is currently looking into your personal affairs and that you are being investigated.
The caller then tells recipients not to hang up and instead resolve the issue by pressing 1 on your handset.
If you do choose to press the number, it is likely you will then be charged a premium call cost, or transferred to a fraudster who will attempt to extort money from you.
People in receipt of the call are strongly advised to hang up straight away.
While everyone is warned to remain vigilant, scammers are said to particularly targeting elderly and vulnerable residents.
Although not confirmed, this is speculated to not be the first time fraudulent calls of this nature have been made to UK residents as earlier in the summer this year, some callers expressed complaints that they were receiving calls, again from a Bolton number, on their landlines in a similar scam.
The HRMC has said it is aware of the current situation as it is developing.
A statement on the HMRC website reads: “HMRC is aware of an automated phone call scam which will tell you HMRC is filing a lawsuit against you, and to press one to speak to a caseworker to make a payment.
“We can confirm this is a scam and you should end the call immediately.”
The statement continues: “This scam has been widely reported and often targets elderly and vulnerable people.
“Other scam calls may offer a tax refund and request you to provide your bank or credit card information. If you cannot verify the identity of the caller, we recommend that you do not speak to them.”
More information regarding scams and fraudulent activity can be found via the HMRC website here.