Vulnerable and elderly people are being told they owe large amounts of tax which they can only pay off through digital vouchers and gift cards.
Quote from Nigel Holland:
“It is important that everyone is aware of this trending scam and especially vital that the elderly are warned due to them being the most vulnerable and essentially the target of the scammers. Additionally, you should never trust anyone who makes an unexpected call asking you to pay a tax bill, especially when asked to be paid through gift cards and vouchers. HMRC have quoted that they would never take payments through this method. It has been advised that all emails, calls and letters received from HMRC should be checked that they are legitimate first before people make a response as the scammers can be very convincing.
The scammers are very confident, intimidating and convincing, therefore tax payers should be wary that they don’t fall into their trap and thus lose out on a significant amount of money.”