Make sure you know who is asking for a “tax payment”
HMRC has added to the list of fraud attempts held on their website. The latest scam, reported at the end of last week is a phone call purporting to be from HMRC in which the “officer” demands “customs payments” on impounded parcels, or “VAT payments” on business activity. Some of these demands will apparently come from “external companies”.
HMRC wish to stress that they do not use telephone or email contact in these sorts of circumstances, nor do they use external companies to chase payments. As ever, before giving any personal details over the phone you should verify the identity of the caller by phoning your local HMRC office.