People in Gedling borough are being warned not to fall for this latest scam after a number of people in the area were targeted.
The potential victim receives a threatening voicemail or automated message being left on your phone from someone pretending to be from HM Revenue and Customs.
The call demands money or threatens a lawsuit is being brought against you from HMRC.
However, the organisation has confirmed that this is a scam and should be ignored.
A man from Netherfield who didn’t wish to be named got in touch with Gedling Eye after receiving a call.
He described the moment he heard the voicemail as ‘terrifying’.
He said: “I run my own business so occasionally I get calls from them about payments due or admin stuff I need to do.
“It’s been a tough summer, so when I heard I might owe them money, my heart was in my mouth as I’d struggle to pay.
“It was only when I called HMRC that they assured me it was a scam. It was a real relief.”
If you've received a threatening voicemail or automated call demanding money, claiming to be from ‘HMRC’, this is a scam. Please do not comply and report anything suspicious to us https://t.co/tTcgyjp7Oh pic.twitter.com/TKLzPrMN37
— HM Revenue & Customs (@HMRCgovuk) August 16, 2018
If you receive such a call, you are encouraged to report it to HMRC.
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