By Chris Torney in SAGA Magazine.
The fake tax demand scam
How the fake tax demand scam works
One of the most pernicious recent cons involves criminals calling people to say that they are getting in touch on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs. The fraudsters claim you owe HMRC thousands of pounds in taxes and ask for your bank details.
One 85-year-old woman was threatened with arrest if this supposed debt was not settled. The call was made even more frightening – and convincing – by the fact that the conman knew the victim’s address.
Luckily, the woman in question decided to contact her accountant rather than handing over any information.
On other occasions, fraudsters may claim that you’ve been sent a number of reminder letters, which you have, apparently, ignored.
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