In an unprecedented year where we have all had to deal with the impact of COVID-19, we have found that the number of people falling victim to scammers has grown exponentially.
There was a particular flurry of telephone scams back in July and August with individuals being informed that their account with HMRC was in arrears and payment needed to be paid immediately to avoid a warrant being issued for their arrest. We have also seen scammers threaten that a taxpayer is under investigation for tax fraud and that if monies are not paid immediately, then a warrant will be issued for their arrest.
You may think that these situations sound quite farcical, but if you are the end of the telephone dealing with a situation like this, it makes you question yourself and can cause a great deal of stress and anxiety.
Our concern is that with the upcoming January tax payment date we may find that the scammers will again be out in force to take advantage of taxpayers. None of us are immune to scammers as they have several ways they can make contact including by letter, email, text, WhatsApp message or telephone call. It is important that we remain vigilant at all times.