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Taxpayers warned to be aware of fraudsters

HM Revenue and Customs has recently issued a number of specific warnings in areas of the UK regarding fraudsters who are impersonating HM Revenue and Customs personnel in order to obtain private confidential information. A number of fraudsters have been attempting to obtain bank details by requesting "confirmation of identification" over the telephone and using this information to empty bank accounts.

All taxpayers in the UK should be aware that HM Revenue and Customs will never ask for details over the telephone and if you receive an unsolicited call and you're not sure they are who they say they are you should ask them for a telephone number and call them back. It seems as though the fraudsters are using the current economic turmoil to take advantage of those in desperate financial straits and looking to reclaim "tax rebates" which targets were previously unaware of.

Unfortunately, a number of UK residents have already been caught out by the fraudsters but thankfully the authorities are well aware of the situation and a number of warnings have been issued and will be issued in the future. Those who assume it will "never happen to them" are the perfect target for the scam artists!

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