Police are warning Amazon consumers of worrying fraud … and that is simply the tip of the iceberg

However, the latest scam is just the tip of the iceberg – HMRC has received reports of hundreds of thousands of scams this year alone. The dedicated customer protection team in Cyber ​​Security Operations has registered over half a million cases of fraud in 2020 in which the fraudster claims to be from HMRC.

In total, HMRC has recorded 626,062 cases of fraud this year alone, with scammers using phishing, text messaging and phone scams to trick unsuspecting victims. Speaking of the threat, an HMRC spokesman said: “Criminals write, email or phone taxpayers who offer false financial assistance or tax refunds, and sometimes threaten them with arrest for failing to immediately pay notional tax owed.

“Some of the scams mimic government messages to appear authentic and threatening. HMRC is a well-known brand that criminals use to give credibility to their scams. If you can’t verify the identity of the caller, HMRC recommends that you don’t speak to them .

“HMRC will never ask you to pay with gifts or vouchers. If someone calls, emails or texts claiming that you can get financial help, get a tax refund, or owe taxes, and ask for bank details, it may be a scam, check GOV.UK for information on how to identify a real HMRC contact.

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