At a time of year when individuals are focused on preparing last minute tax returns to avoid penalties come the deadline for returns to be in and for first payments to be made end January 2019, cyber criminals are taking advantage.

HMRC has issued a warning that fraudsters pretending to be from HMRC are leaving recorded messages threatening legal consequences if individuals don’t make a payment to them. One person who was targeted was asked to pay £3,000 and was told that the figure would increase if they didn’t make the payment immediately.

With tens of thousands rushing to meet HMRC’s self assessment tax return deadline, it’s a well timed and calculated ploy by cyber criminals that some of those targeted will be intimidated into handing over large sums of money.

HMRC has published a recording of the ‘phone scam –