People are being called by Asian sounding lady, from HMRC, to say that the person has not paid tax on their pension and the case is in court today and they must make payment.
This call is then supposedly put through to senior manager Mr Ralph Buck, also Asian sounding man, who then goes on to say he is trying to help them sort this out, but that if they don’t the Police will be coming to arrest them today and their car and home will be taken from them to clear this debt.
Also they are told that their bank account will be frozen by the courts from tomorrow if this is not paid today.
When the victim ask how they can pay, they are told that they have to go to their main HMRC office, which is normally miles away, and when they say they can’t this man offers to help by getting them to purchase “some vouchers which he can transfer to the court on their behalf”.
He tells them they have to follow two rules:
1. They must not disconnect the line – or will be held in contempt of court.
2. They must not tell anyone that they are buying the vouchers to clear a tax bill, else he can’t help you.
They are then told to give their national insurance number, date of birth and mobile phone number – which they then ring and keep the person on the phone, obviously so that they cannot get advice from family or friends.
The person is then given instructions to go to a Sainsbury’s store and buy Itunes vouchers and then scratch off the numbers and give them the details, the whole time they are told to keep their mobiles connected to the person so they can hear the conversation and make sure they don’t break rule 2.
You would hope after getting £500 from the victim that would be the end of it, but oh no these very brazen criminals then call back the next day on a landline number saying that although the court has accepted their payment, they won’t cancel the warrant for their arrest and that the Police could arrive anytime to arrest them, unless they pay a further £400 to cancel the warrant in the next hour.
HMRC have confirmed they would never ring someone out of the blue, they would send a letter asking them to contact the office and would never take Itunes vouchers as payment or card payments over the phone.