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Scam call - HMRC criminal investigations

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Zico, 24 Feb 2021.

  1. Zico


    Joined: 15 Jan 2003

    Posts: 4,917

    Location: South East

    I had two separate calls earlier this morning (to my work mobile) from two different 0207 numbers (02073126617 and 02078946074) which started off with an automated call stating a criminal investigation was being opened by the HMRC due to tax fraud. The message then states to push 1 to find out more details.

    I was up for a little messing around at the first call and pushed 1 but didn't get put through to anyone. By the time of the second call about 1 hour later, I was a little busy but still pushed the button to speak to somebody. Needless to say the 'agent with an accent' from the usual areas answered and I gave them a mouthful.

    My reason for posting here wasn't really about the calls themselves but the fact that to report the above numbers to anyone that could do anything, you have to register or make accounts to do so.

    If you're vulnerable enough to be taken in by these types of scam calls, how likely are you to sign up to a website to report them?!

    I would enjoy it if somebody like Jim Browning were to call them and wind them up along with getting some payback for those who are caught by these scamming scum.
  2. el_dazza


    Joined: 20 Sep 2005

    Posts: 16,615

    Location: West End, Southampton

    That man is a legend.

    My other half keeps getting them, hopefully they'll do it when I'm around and they'll get a gobful :)
  3. ShivP


    Joined: 26 Oct 2013

    Posts: 8,852

    Location: Leicester

    I had this just now
  4. Will Gill


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 56,217

    Location: Cornwall & Sail.Number: GBR 3936

    Skype is commonly used by these numpties, you can have a phone number from anywhere in the world in a few seconds.
  5. turbot1984

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 6 Jan 2012

    Posts: 1,763

    There was a spate of bogus VAT enforcement calls a while back, 'an officer is on his way to your premises' garbage. Total losers, just wish the law could track them down, but no chance it appears?
  6. Feek


    Joined: 16 Oct 2002

    Posts: 232,021

    Location: In the radio shack

    My missus got one of these a couple of weeks ago, she just hung up on it but then spent the next half hour telling me what she'd done. She was so proud :)
  7. Hotwired


    Joined: 17 Aug 2009

    Posts: 8,528

    I get the automated calls from "internet provider" saying they're about to **** up my connection but press X to talk to someone.


    Had that one three times in a day, seemed to lose connection if I asked them what my name was :p

    Not had the HMRC one, maybe they've not got round to calling my area yet.
  8. MikeTheNative


    Joined: 17 Jun 2012

    Posts: 8,758

    Location: South Wales

    Someone in work got one of these a few days ago as well.
  9. DoneADougalOnSofa

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Feb 2012

    Posts: 2,133

    Location: Bath

    Had one from 'Microsoft' one morning, telling me they were detecting errors from my router. Female caller, sounded Indian, in a noisy call centre. As i was just about out of the door to head to work, I replied "Yeah, right." and put the phone down.

    Get to work, the phone is ringing as I step through the door; guess who...
  10. Midlife Crisis

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Aug 2009

    Posts: 1,603

    I have had the HMRC one, and apparently both my Microsoft windows and internet is being investigated as well, I am definitely going to court and then prison if I do not comply. I tell them to try sticking their head up ........
    you get the picture XXXXXXX XXXXXXXX the lot of them.
  11. DoneADougalOnSofa

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 3 Feb 2012

    Posts: 2,133

    Location: Bath

    A good response to the 'router error' ones is "Yes, I know. I reconfigured the IPX protocols to enhance the DNS trace-routing and execute stop-bit bandwidth enhancement. Could you tell me what port to address for IPV6 please? Will I need enhanced delta-switching?"
    (Which is obviously pure nonsense).

    Only ever think of these after the event, but there we are..
  12. dLockers


    Joined: 21 Jan 2010

    Posts: 4,748

    Jim Browning video for those unaware. He manages to hack into the scam call centre's CCTV and actually watch the chap he is speaking to :D

  13. No-One

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 1 Oct 2003

    Posts: 2,051

    Location: Rutland

    My parents keep getting the Amazon call recently saying that someone has ordered an iphone on your account for £700 or so. Mum just replied "Yes that's right, it was me". There was several seconds of confused silence before they just hung up.
  14. Topdonkey


    Joined: 26 Jan 2021

    Posts: 47

    Same here, I've been getting the HMRC calls once a week on my mobile phone for the last 6 weeks, I keep blocking the number, but they seem to phone from a different number from the same 0207 dialling code area, its a bit annoying, but I just hang up as soon as I hear its them now
  15. Megahurtz400


    Joined: 5 Jun 2007

    Posts: 8,232

    Location: Colchester

    Rather than giving them a gobful I like to waste as much time of theirs as possible if I can to tie them up from scamming someone who wouldn't be so aware.

    I remember when I was in my teens and someone called the landline saying they were from Microsoft, had them on the phone for 45 minutes sounding confused and really worried about the virus in my system.

    Only at the end did I say "Maybe I can't find the buttons you're asking about because I'm on a Mac?"

    They absolutely lost it and started shouting at me for wasting peoples time :D
  16. potatolord


    Joined: 21 Jan 2010

    Posts: 818

    I got this exact call this morning!
  17. Malevolence


    Joined: 21 Oct 2011

    Posts: 16,573

    Had one earlier today with an automated voice informing me that my internet was going to be cut off within the next 24hrs due to illegal activities. Oh well...
  18. TBirdUK


    Joined: 9 Jul 2005

    Posts: 2,543

    Location: High Wycombe

    LOL, I did the same with the MAC trick, but when they asked how I had pressed the windows key earlier in the conversation I told them my MAC keyboard had broken and I was using a spare, then asked if they had any idea how to fix my MAC keyboard - he was not a happy chap!!
  19. Bouton Aide


    Joined: 9 Aug 2008

    Posts: 28,704

    Looks like it's on the increase again. I tell people now that any inbound from someone you don't know just ask for a telephone number n tell them you will call back (but don't call back) until I have looked it up first.

    It's working so far.
  20. Rroff

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 13 Oct 2006

    Posts: 75,444

    While they were still a bit of a novelty my mum used to wind them up by throwing in random techie sounding words* and googling stuff to wind them up until they got bored/caught on and disconnected. Now she just doesn't bother though.

    * i.e. she'd heard of TCP so just parroted random snippets from related wikis.