Spalding teacher warns residents about bogus tax calls
A Spalding teacher is warning residents to be on their guard after receiving a call from a scammer pretending to be a tax official from HMRC.
The teacher, who works part-time, was doing housework this morning when her mobile phone rang at 10.40am.
She said: "It was an automated call saying 'this is HMRC about outstanding tax - if you don't take this call there will be a warrant for your arrest'.
"It was a foreign sounding person."
The teacher, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the caller asked if they were speaking to the right person - addressing her by her maiden name - but ended the call when she said: "No, that's not my name now."
She says the call came from 0300 200 8130 but a check with HMRC revealed it's not one of their official numbers.
The teacher also says HMRC told her they would never call in such circumstances and any approach would be by letter.
She has no idea how the scammers got hold of her maiden name although suspects it may have been "sold" to a third party by a mobile phone company.
The teacher says the call caught her off guard.
She said: "Why would I owe tax? My employer pays my tax through PAYE but you don't think of that when you are hoovering and someone is telling you there is a warrant out for your arrest."
The teacher is reporting the incident to the police.