“This call is to inform you that there is a tax fraud case registered in your name … a warrant will be issued in your name … and you will be arrested shortly.”

There are bad people out there, preying on the vast majority of the population who are concerned about getting our taxes right.

If you receive a call purporting to be from HMRC that you’re not expecting, it is probably fraudulent. It may include threats that you’re going to be arrested or go to prison.

Don’t worry. Don’t press 1. Instead put the phone down. Make sure the call disconnects. If you have been caught by this scam, then see HMRC’s guidance on what to do.

Here’s an example of a fraudulent call.

There are also people impersonating HMRC collection agents in person. A legitimate agent will have a number and understand that you need to verify their identity before letting them in.

If someone knocks on your door claiming to be HMRC or a tax collection agent, then you will need to verify their identity before letting them in. This is how. If they try to dissuade you from this and / or try to enter your property without verification then call the police.