28 January
By Chris Gumbley
Categories: Personal/HMRC/Taxation

Beware: Bogus HMRC phone messages

Naylor Wintersgill urges clients to be aware of a telephone scam that sees a bogus caller, purporting to be from HMRC, leaving worrying recorded messages.

A number of our clients have brought to our attention that they have received a voicemail message allegedly from HMRC. The caller states that the individual has not filed returns or paid tax and, if they do not phone back within a certain timeframe, they will be arrested and the case pursued through the courts.

With threatening incidents of this nature widely reported for some time and as obvious as we know this type of scam to be, it can still be a frightening experience for many. Coupled with the pressure of 31st January self-assessment deadline, it is more important than ever to take a step back, stay calm and if you cannot verify the credibility of the caller, do not speak to them. If you do receive a threatening call like this, please contact a member of the Naylor Wintersgill team and NOT the caller and our experts will be happy to reassure you and put your mind at rest.