The OFT is repeating the advice it offered last year concerning scam telephone calls from fraudsters claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (‘HMRC’).
The fraudsters are still telephoning Island residents and ‘phishing’ for personal and/or financial details. They are very convincing and will use various scare tactics to get your attention. For example, they may claim that they will take you to court if you don’t settle an outstanding bill.
Please warn your family, friends and neighbours about this scam.
Chief Inspector of Trading Standards, John Peet says:
'Just put the phone down on these fraudsters. They are trying to obtain personal and/or financial details from you to enable them to carry out further fraudulent activities.'
Information and advice on this particular scam can be found at https://www.gov.uk/topic/dealing-with-hmrc/phishing-scams.
The Action Fraud (https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/) website is an excellent source of information about types of scams, the latest scams and how to avoid becoming a victim. Have this website as a favourite and visit it regularly to keep abreast of the latest developments.
Anyone who thinks that they have lost money through a scam should contact their local police station in the Isle of Man and/or Action Fraud (0300 123 2040) as soon as possible. Alternatively, they can contact the OFT for advice on +44 1624 686500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.