Greenhill residents warned about “HMRC” phone scam

Several Greenhill residents have received scam phone calls from criminals pretending to be from the tax office, according to police who have warned locals to be on their guard.

The scammers rang up claiming to be from HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs), warning the body was filing a lawsuit.

Startled victims were then asked to press 1 to speak to a caseworker and make a payment.

HMRC has confirmed this is a scam and has advised anyone who receives such a call to hang up immediately.

The same trick has been widely reported elsewhere with the gang behind it often targeting elderly and vulnerable people.

Other scam calls may offer a tax refund and then request bank or credit card information.

HMRC has asked anyone targeted to report incidents, providing as much detail as possible, including the date of the call, phone number used and content.

Reports can be emailed to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

Scam calls can also be reported to Action Fraud.