Moore Thompson are warning clients that hundreds of thousands of people are falling victim to a new scam involving fraudsters posing as HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) officials.
The multi-platform scam has been gaining notoriety in the UK in the form of text messages, voicemails and direct phone calls – urging taxpayers to pay off bogus debts using iTunes gift cards.
Victims are receiving unsolicited messages or contact from scammers claiming to be from HMRC, demanding payments for invisible debts.
The messages urge taxpayers to make payments using codes printed on the reverse side of iTunes gift cards – which the scammers have targeted as the cards can be easily redeemed and sold on.
Victims are being told that HMRC has been collecting their data with the intent of taking legal action against them.
Some have even been told that HMRC has issued a warrant for their arrest if they don’t pay off their ‘outstanding debt’.
The automated calls, text messages and voicemails are typically sent out at random with the hope of frightening people into taking immediate action.
Moore Thompson are reminding clients that HMRC will never use text messages to request a payment, or inform you of a tax rebate.
We are also urging mobile phone users to be wary that phone numbers can easily be duplicated and may not always be legitimate. If in doubt, report it.