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    • Catsacor
    • By Catsacor 16th Jan 20, 4:07 PM
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    Warning - HMRC hoax calls to mobiles.
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    • 16th Jan 20, 4:07 PM
    Warning - HMRC hoax calls to mobiles. 16th Jan 20 at 4:07 PM
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    Twice, now, in a week claiming to be from HMRC and telling me I have outstanding amounts to pay.


    I am self employed, pay large tax bills every January and July and I know to the last penny my businesses current state of health and not a single penny is owed.


    Others might not be as aware/whatever and be duped into paying money to these individuals.


    They target us at specific times when they think they're more plausible
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    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 16th Jan 20, 4:16 PM
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    • #2
    • 16th Jan 20, 4:16 PM
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    • 16th Jan 20, 4:16 PM
    Yeah I've had this many times before! Does seem to happen around January time a bit more. I just laugh when they threaten the police if I don't press 1.

    Tip for people - HMRC NEVER get in touch by phone - especially for paying tax, if they want you they'll send a letter in the post.
    • johnsmith1890
    • By johnsmith1890 16th Jan 20, 9:03 PM
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    • 16th Jan 20, 9:03 PM
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    • 16th Jan 20, 9:03 PM
    Yeah I've had this many times before! Does seem to happen around January time a bit more. I just laugh when they threaten the police if I don't press 1.

    Tip for people - HMRC NEVER get in touch by phone - especially for paying tax, if they want you they'll send a letter in the post.
    Originally posted by Sharon87

    Why do they ask for your phone number on tax returns and elsewhere? Another tip; NEVER give your phone numbers to HMRC.
    • glennevis
    • By glennevis 17th Jan 20, 3:41 AM
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    • #4
    • 17th Jan 20, 3:41 AM
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    • 17th Jan 20, 3:41 AM
    If you don't give HMRC your number how do you complete 2 step verification when signing in to the government gateway?
    • comeandgo
    • By comeandgo 17th Jan 20, 6:27 AM
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    • #5
    • 17th Jan 20, 6:27 AM
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    • 17th Jan 20, 6:27 AM
    I have loads of text from HMRC. They do contact you be mobile.
    • Catsacor
    • By Catsacor 17th Jan 20, 6:40 AM
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    • 17th Jan 20, 6:40 AM
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    • 17th Jan 20, 6:40 AM
    I don't use online anything for HMRC, my accountant does it all, he doesn't have my mobile number either.

    HMRC don't have my mobile number.


    These scam calls never go to my landline.


    (Incidently, that 2nd number that did it is based in Manitoba !
    When my phone displayed the callers location I knew it had to be a cold caller/scamming call )
    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 17th Jan 20, 7:12 AM
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    • 17th Jan 20, 7:12 AM
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    • 17th Jan 20, 7:12 AM
    Cold callers don't need your number. Autodiallers dial thousands of numbers and some are successful.
    • IvanOpinion
    • By IvanOpinion 17th Jan 20, 7:45 AM
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    • 17th Jan 20, 7:45 AM
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    • 17th Jan 20, 7:45 AM
    I always find that a polite but firm "F*** off" does the trick.
    Ivan has left the building ... but reserves the right of reply!
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    • johnsmith1890
    • By johnsmith1890 17th Jan 20, 1:53 PM
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    • 17th Jan 20, 1:53 PM
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    • 17th Jan 20, 1:53 PM
    Cold callers don't need your number. Autodiallers dial thousands of numbers and some are successful.
    Originally posted by daveyjp

    The thing is, if HMRC don't have your number (and like someone else said, I don't do gov't gateway), any call purporting to be from them must be a hoax, so it's the good old f-off reply as a matter of course.
    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 17th Jan 20, 7:28 PM
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    I have loads of text from HMRC. They do contact you be mobile.
    Originally posted by comeandgo
    Texts yes, but they'll never call you to ask for a payment! And the texts are only when you're doing something online and are expecting it.
    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 17th Jan 20, 7:29 PM
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    The thing is, if HMRC don't have your number (and like someone else said, I don't do gov't gateway), any call purporting to be from them must be a hoax, so it's the good old f-off reply as a matter of course.
    Originally posted by johnsmith1890
    Wish you could tell em to F off, but it's a machine lol!
    • DD265
    • By DD265 19th Jan 20, 9:26 PM
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    I got an email last year saying I owed them 20k tax from 2018-19. I wish I were paid enough to be paying 20k in tax
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 20th Jan 20, 9:11 AM
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    I got a text the other day saying I was due a tax refund, and to follow the link in the text. It was an obvious fake HMRC link ... they obviously thought having HMRC in the link would fool me.

    Unfortunately enough people would be fooled into following it to make it worthwhile.
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