Scams involving fraudsters claiming to be from the Tax and Customs Administration doubles to record high in the last 12 months – with over a million reported cases
Scams involving fraudsters claiming to be from the Tax and Customs Administration have doubled to an all-time high in the past 12 months – with more than a million reported cases.
Fraudsters e-mail, text or call their victims pretending to be employees of the Tax and Customs Administration.
They claim that victims are entitled to a notional discount, or have an outstanding tax issue that needs to be resolved.
Smash and grab: Fraudsters email, text or call their victims pretending to be employees of the IRS
Fraudsters often provide a fictitious tax inspector name, identification information, case and warrant number to convince victims that they are real.
The ruse usually involves tricking victims into providing personal information such as full name, date of birth and address.
Then they ask for bank details, perhaps by falsely claiming to verify a false tax error or give a discount.
Once they obtain this information, the fraudsters can steal money from their victims’ bank accounts. A spokesperson for the Tax and Customs Administration says: ‘We don’t just call to ask for personal information – or to threaten people with arrest.
“Do not provide any information, but contact us directly to report what happened if it is suspicious.”
A whopping £53.7 million was lost last year to scams involving fraudsters impersonating a company such as a telephone or energy supplier or a government department, according to the banking trade organization UK Finance.
You can find details on how to report tax and customs related scams at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenuecustoms/contact/reportingfraudulent-emails