Beware of fraudsters claiming to represent HM Revenue & Customs

Release date: 4 October 2016

Residents in the Cotswolds are being warned of a phone scam that is currently taking place across the country.

Fraudsters pretending to be from HM Revenue & Customs are calling unsuspecting residents and telling them that they are under investigation and are due to appear in court.

The automated phone message then asks the person being called to press 1 so that they can speak to a case officer. PLEASE DO NOT FOLLOW THIS INSTRUCTION. Instead, HANG UP IMMEDIATELY - this is a scam and if you continue with the phone call it could direct you to a premium-rate number which may accumulate very expensive charges on your phone bill without your knowledge.

This reminder follows recent appeals to be extra vigilant about any emails from GOV.UK which claim that the recipient is eligible to receive a tax refund. The email indicates that the refund can be recovered by completing and submitting a tax return form which asks for the recipient's banking details.

We advise all residents to be wary of any unsolicited calls and emails from unknown companies.  If you cannot verify the identity of the caller, do not give out any personal details, especially banking information. 

To report a suspected scam please contact Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre:

ENDS

Cotswold District Council
Trinity Road
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 1PX