A Burton Joyce woman has warned others to be on their guard after scamsters called her, purporting to be from HMRC.
Ruth Fearn, who lives in the village, said she was contacted at home and an automated recording was left on her answerphone telling her she had been called that day by HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) and they wanted to inform her they were planning legal action.
The message went on to advise her to press 1 to speak to her case officer.
Ruth said she did not think the HMRC would ever ring anyone this way and was certain the phone call was from scamsters,
She said: “The number that was left on my home phone came from a mobile number. I looked the mobile number up on the internet and it came up with 539 harassment calls deemed to be dangerous all saying the same thing – HMRC scam
“It looks like this is a new scam going round and it’s frightening older people.”
A spokesman for HMRC said that the organisation did not operate automated call back messages of this nature.
He said: “We are aware that some customers have received telephone calls claiming to be from HMRC requesting personal information and bank account details in order to receive a tax refund, or to demand money for an unpaid tax bill.
“HMRC takes security very seriously but you need to be alert.
He urged anyone receiving such a call to report the matter to Action Fraud via http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report fraud.