HMRC Scam aimed at Older People

We’ve covered many different scams over the years here on the news pages of the Jones Harris website, and here’s yet another one. Yet again, it’s an HMRC scam aimed at older people and those who are vulnerable.

You might have seen this one covered on the news on TV in recent weeks, but we thought it was worth mentioning it here again for anyone who missed it.

These lovely scammers have been making phone calls to people, purporting to be from the HMRC, requesting payment of unpaid tax. Tax that can only be paid with digital vouchers and gift cards.

In each case, the victim has been given instructions about how to buy the perfectly legitimate vouchers. The con comes when they hand over the redemption code to the scammer. You can guess the rest.

It goes without saying that HMRC don’t take payment in Apple iTunes vouchers. But would your elderly relatives know that? Many people fell victim to this one with an average loss of £1150.

Once again the key message to take away is that we all need to be just as suspicious about anything that smells fishy on the phone and on the internet as we would be when talking to a real life person.

If it sounds odd it probably is. And that’s a message which we must all keep repeating to everyone who needs to keep hearing it.

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