Warning over tax scam
A warning has been made for people in the isles to be wary of a new tax scam.
Audit, tax and consulting firm RSM say fraudsters are calling taxpayers stating they are from HMRC and that the individual is at risk of being sued as they have overdue tax.
RSM says the tactic is used as a trigger to extract personal details including bank information. However, the call is bogus and could lead to confidential personal data being disclosed.
Karen Robertson, associate director at RSM in Lerwick, said: “Due to the severity of the allegation a call from HMRC may not seem out of place but fraudsters are playing on the ‘shock factor’ to scare taxpayers into disclosing important personal data, which is a worrying trend. We are aware of several people having been targeted in Shetland already.
“The key thing to remember is that HMRC will not contact taxpayers in that way and simple precautions, such as exercising care with personal information and being cautious when responding to unsolicited call, will go a long way to reducing the risk.
“If you are concerned and want to speak to someone, we recommend using the official phone numbers on the Gov.uk website to speak to HMRC directly or contact your accountant.”