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Old 07-31-2017, 12:40 PM   #1
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More scam phone calls! Now it's the "tax inspector"


I got a call today that went into my voicemail box. When I retrieved it, a male voice threatened me with action about "tax avoidance or tax evasion" and gave me a number to call back. The call ended with a warning not to ignore it. He didn't actually claim to be from HMRC, but I assume that was what I was expected to believe. Of course I didn't ring back; I reported it to Action Fraud instead. I passed on the number he gave me, and I have the actual call saved if the police want to hear it.

I googled a bit and it seems these messages are always via a voicebox. They try to avoid actually talking to you. This makes me wonder if there is a link to a whole series of dud calls I received earlier in the day. There must have been half a dozen of them. When I answered, all I could hear were indecipherable whispers, the sort of busy traffic that you often hear in the background of "Microsoft engineer" calls. Then when they finally got through to my voicemail, they activated the message.

Bah! Scum!!
 
Old 07-31-2017, 02:44 PM   #2
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Yep they sure are. Especially when they prey on the elderly.
 
Old 07-31-2017, 03:55 PM   #3
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The fundamental hallmark of a "scam" is that they demand immediate action on your part.

If Her Majesty wants revenue from you, she will send you a registered letter.

You can, and promptly should, report the scam attempt to the local authorities – or, perhaps, to the telephone company. Don't let the attempt go un-recorded. The person who made that phone call committed a crime.
 
Old 07-31-2017, 06:46 PM   #4
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Most of the telephone systems have been hacked. The callers can do a number of sneaky tricks to avoid detection. Calls going to voice mail and phoney caller id's are too common.

I have set my phones to one step below blocking all calls.

Yes, good scams stay around because they work.

It is generally a waste of time to call them back. You'll just end up on a new scam list.
 
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My father got a grandkid scam call a few days ago but the scammer used my name and the number was all zeros so it was definitely obvious. We had a good laugh but it is bit creepy and now days it is very easy to find just about any type of personal information on the internet.

Many of these scams are from out of country and so the US in my case has no jurisdiction. They can also spoof local telephone numbers. I agree they should be reported and in the US it is the Federal Trade Commission. Make sure your family and friends are aware of the current scams going around.
 
Old 07-31-2017, 07:03 PM   #6
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We get them in the States, too, saying they are from the IRS.

The IRS does not call people out of the blue. They write, but these callers still manage to scam a significant number of marks.
 
Old 08-01-2017, 02:59 AM   #7
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The fundamental hallmark of a "scam" is that they demand immediate action on your part.

If Her Majesty wants revenue from you, she will send you a registered letter.
Exactly what I thought. It was the implied threat that tipped me off.
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You can, and promptly should, report the scam attempt to the local authorities or, perhaps, to the telephone company. Don't let the attempt go un-recorded. The person who made that phone call committed a crime.
Action Fraud is the police. Though whether they'll do anything about it is another matter entirely, especially as no money changed hands. Telephone companies are definitely not interested.
 
Old 08-01-2017, 03:29 AM   #8
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Untracable itunes cards have apparently been popular in this neck of the woods - see ATO link. Has just popped back up on the radar.
 
Old 08-01-2017, 07:33 AM   #9
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Why would any sane person think that someone who wanted to be paid in iTunes cards was their national tax office?
 
Old 08-01-2017, 06:04 PM   #10
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As in most scams, the victims tend to be elderly and/or non-native English speaking.
 
  


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