HAction Fraud has experienced an increase in the reporting of malicious calls, voicemails, text messages and emails to members of the public purporting to be from HMRC requesting payment for unpaid tax. Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime.

The fraudsters state that as a result of their non-payment of tax or other duty, the victim is liable to prosecution or other legal proceedings such as repossession of belongings to settle the balance but can avoid this by arranging for payment to be made immediately by a method such as bank transfer or by iTunes gift cards. Once the money is paid the suspects sever all contact.

Contact HMRC directly for information about your personal tax situation if you receive such a message. This is their web-site link: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs For further information contact Action Fraud on 03001232040 or sign up to Cheshire Police Alert using the following link https://www.cheshirepolicealert.co.uk/pages/1423/1/ Register.html