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Close to a million scams reported to HMRC

HMRC has received 975,420 reports of suspected scams in the past year, with 552,885 of them relating to bogus tax rebates.
And there has been a 1,350% increase in Covid-related scams, as criminals target furlough scheme recipients.
The HMRC figures show an increase in fraudulent activity using email, SMS and telephone. Working with the telecoms industry and Ofcom, HMRC identified 2,968 phone numbers being used to commit HMRC-related scams.
An HMRC spokesperson said: “If someone calls, emails or texts claiming to be from HMRC, saying that you owe tax and face arrest, are due a tax refund, asking you to transfer money or for bank or other personal details, it might be a scam. Check gov.uk for our scams checklist and to find out how to report tax scams.
“Criminals are taking advantage of the package of measures announced by the government to support people and businesses affected by coronavirus. Scammers text, email or phone taxpayers offering spurious financial support or tax refunds, sometimes threatening them with arrest if they don’t immediately pay fictitious tax owed.”

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