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Warning against fake HMRC lawsuit scam calls

People are being warned to be on their guard after bogus phone calls were reported.

The Government tax office HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) says it is aware of an automated phone call scam which tells people HMRC is filing a lawsuit against them.

The recipient of the call is asked to 'Press 1' to speak to a caseworker to make a payment.

Action Fraud (26153760)
Action Fraud (26153760)

Police and HMRC say this is a scam and that anyone hearing this should end the call immediately.

The scam has been widely reported and often targets elderly and vulnerable people.

Calls have been received this week in Billingborough, near Bourne.

Other scam calls may offer a tax refund and request people to provide bank or credit card information.

Graeme Parrott at Bourne police said: "If you cannot verify the identity of the caller, we recommend that you do not speak to them.

"If you’ve been a victim of the scam and suffered financial loss, report it to Action Fraud."

People receiving calls claiming to be from HMRC should also report full details of the scam by email to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk including the date of the call, the phone number the caller used, and the content of the call.

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