Police across the UK are warning taxpayers about the latest scams to trick members of the public into handing over sensitive information, and even their hard-earned money.
The Daily Record reports that victims have been receiving automated phone calls, informing them that their National Insurance (NI) number has been compromised, and they must ‘press 1’ to speak to an advisor, to rectify the problem, or get a new NI number.
However, giving sensitive details to fraudsters will enable them to commit further fraud using your credentials and information.
In a similar scam, the automated call informs the recipient that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is filing a lawsuit against them, and they must speak to an advisor to make a payment.
Police have asked for the public to report any scams to the GOV.UK website.
A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: “We’re aware of an automated phone call scam which will tell you HMRC is filing a lawsuit against you, and to press 1 to speak to a caseworker to make a payment – do not provide any details or make a payment.”
Reporting these scams or any others can be done very easily, either online, by email or by forwarding any suspicious text messages.
HMRC have reinforced that they never send notifications of a tax rebate or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email or text message. If you think you may be a victim of a scam, get in touch with HMRC.
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