HMRC Phone Scam
The 01628 phone area seems to be receiving a number of automated phone calls from the 0161 area code, claiming that a lawsuit is being brought against the message recipient for unpaid tax. The message ends ‘Press 1 to speak to an agent…..’ or words to that effect.
This is definitely a SCAM, aimed at the vulnerable and unwary, and will no doubt attempt to obtain bank or credit card details to ‘authorise payment’. Do NOT press 1 – hang up, and get back to what you were doing.
You can report such ‘vishing’ attempts to NHWatch or to the police on 101 but they will invariably transfer you to Action Fraud and it can take up to 10 minutes to speak to a person. Alternatively, report it by e-mail to:
Hong Kong Investment scam
An example of this was reported last year. A letter is received in the post, with a UK postal franking (‘our representative is currently in the UK’) offering to ‘share’ a very large sum of money – typically $11million – invested by ‘your deceased namesake’ in Hong Kong. You are asked to keep this matter ‘confidential’ and to contact the sender. In this latest example it is a Mr Kenneth Chi, ‘a manger at the CTBC in Hong Kong’.
Again, this is a SCAM, and any contact will attempt to obtain your bank details – ‘for deposit of the funds’. Should you be unwise and reply with these details, the result will be a withdrawal of YOUR money. Report any similar letters to:
or NHWatch and then consign it to your paper recycling box.
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