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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.

Don't be caught out
Don't be caught out

"Hang up and report the call to us at phishing@hmrc.gov.uk, as we can work to take them off the network."

HMRC say:

· 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 phishing@hmrc.gov.uk 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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