HMRC issue advice after Spalding teacher is contacted by fraudsters
Tax officials from HMRC have issued advice to the public after a Spalding teacher was called by fraudsters on Friday.
The teacher herself has already warned residents to be on their guard after a scammer falsely claiming to be from HMRC threatened her with arrest for supposedly owing tax.
A spokesman for HMRC said: "If someone calls you claiming to be from HMRC saying that you will be arrested, that we are filing a lawsuit against you, or even offering a tax refund out of the blue, and asks for information such as your name, credit card or bank details, then it's a scam.
"Hang up and report the call to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, as we can work to take them off the network."
· Genuine organisations like banks and HMRC will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, password or bank details.
· Don't give out private information, reply to text messages, download attachments or click on links in emails you weren't expecting.
· Take action - forward suspicious emails and details of suspicious calls claiming to be from HMRC to email@example.com and texts to 60599, or contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool if you suffer financial loss.
· Check GOV.UK for information on how to avoid and report scams and recognise genuine HMRC contact.
· If you think you have received an HMRC-related phishing/ bogus email or text message, you can check it against the examples on GOV.UK.
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