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Scam call - HMRC criminal investigations

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

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  1. Bouton Aide

    Caporegime

    Joined: 9 Aug 2008

    Posts: 28,590

    I'm just thinking, a nice premium number for these scammers to call.

    Would that be wrong of me? :D
     
  2. the-evaluator

    Mobster

    Joined: 24 Sep 2015

    Posts: 2,637

    Well it kept him occupied for an hour and during that time he wasn#t attempting to scam someone else. It's a drop in the ocean of course. It didn't inconvenience me either.
     
  3. Haze

    Mobster

    Joined: 10 Jan 2007

    Posts: 3,709

    Mind boggles why you are trying to talk to these people, they can back charge the calls.... I had two messages like this left, and strangely enough ignored them. Aslo why even answer the phone in the 1st place??? You can see the number that's ringing you so don't answer it ffs
     
  4. Scania

    Capodecina

    Joined: 25 Nov 2004

    Posts: 24,685

    Location: On the road....

    My daughter has quite a lot of these calls, her solution is to put the phone on loudspeaker and hand the phone to her toddler, it’s quite funny listening to them trying to understand the gibberish she comes out with, she’s only 2 bless her. :D
     
  5. pastymuncher

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 12 Jul 2005

    Posts: 19,103

    Location: Aberlour, NE Scotland

    I used to be plagued by these spam/scam calls but since buying a BT8500 call blocking phone no longer get any. Best investment I have made for years.
     
  6. Haggisman

    Capodecina

    Joined: 6 Oct 2004

    Posts: 14,167

    Location: Birmingham

    My number has a block on additional charges... good luck with that.

    It's not like the number comes up "scam calls inc.", I get plenty of legitimate calls from numbers I don't recognise, I'd rather get a couple of these and have a laugh winding them up than risk missing an important call.
     
  7. the-evaluator

    Mobster

    Joined: 24 Sep 2015

    Posts: 2,637

    How? Other than a reverse charges call (are they still a thing?) I can't see how they can charge their call to you.
     
  8. Bouton Aide

    Caporegime

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    They can't because if you could everyone would be doing it.
     
  9. Craterloads

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 26 Dec 2009

    Posts: 8,899

    Location: North

    I got one yesterday, also been getting a lot of convincing looking royalmail emails. Can easily see people falling for that one.
     
  10. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 29 Mar 2003

    Posts: 52,148

    Location: Stoke on Trent

    I just start crying like a Nigerian woman at a funeral and they put the phone down.
    With car accidents I get through to the Manager and tell them I lost both my legs and they put the phone down.
    Both never fail.
     
  11. Junglist

    Soldato

    Joined: 11 Jun 2015

    Posts: 7,209

    Location: Bristol

    I had one of these this morning. Usually with the ISP and Amazon ones I play along with my VM I have on my PC but they caught me during my morning coffee and I didn't have the patience to play along today
     
  12. diamount

    Mobster

    Joined: 3 Sep 2008

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    My point being he proably was speaking to other victims on the phone.
     
  13. Zico

    Mobster

    Joined: 15 Jan 2003

    Posts: 4,917

    Location: South East

    Had another 0207 HMRC call again today but pushing 1 to speak with them didn't put me through :(.

    I might try and keep them going on the next call if I can.

    Unfortunately as it's a work mobile, I'm likely to get calls from various numbers so pretty much will answer them all.

    With the accident calls I tend to try and see how awake the person is on the other end by giving them a date not too far in the future along with a little sob story about not having money as I couldn't work. Took one guy a while to twig this as he was more focused on what he thought was a sure thing for scamming.
     
  14. MarcLister

    Capodecina

    Joined: 7 Mar 2005

    Posts: 18,960

    Location: LU7

    My mum and I have both had the HMRC investigation into your tax call in the last few weeks. Quite impressed and happy that my Mum hung up on her call. :)
     
  15. bm_999

    Gangster

    Joined: 26 Jul 2017

    Posts: 115

    They tried this with mum and she just kept them going until I came then the lady got ****** off and went to call the police, still waiting for them
     
  16. hurfdurf

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 17 Dec 2009

    Posts: 9,290

    The HMRC one is really common at the moment, has massively increased this past month, sadly because it’s worked on so many people, both vulnerable and every day folk who should know much better but get scared when they hear they are going to be arrested and don’t think.
     
  17. HoneyBadger

    Mobster

    Joined: 2 Aug 2016

    Posts: 3,646

    Location: Kent

    Presumably the HMRC ones are becoming more frequent as we’re approaching the end of the tax year.

    I almost got caught out the other day by a Royal Mail text stating a £2 charge was needed on a parcel before they could deliver it.
     
  18. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 29 Mar 2003

    Posts: 52,148

    Location: Stoke on Trent

    I've had the HMRC ones myself but when you know how the Taxman has you for not paying tax then I know it's a scam.
    I received a letter in the late 90s full of info and basically my long flowing curly hair went grey over night, I got psoriasis and ended up with a number one all over.
    It really isn't nice when you're accused of tax avoidance/evasion so I know why people react like they do.
     
  19. Angilion

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 5 Dec 2003

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    Location: Just to the left of my PC

    That's a good idea.

    Maybe that's an idea for an app. Something like Siri et alia but specifically for talking nonsense to scammers.
     
  20. ajf

    Mobster

    Joined: 30 Oct 2006

    Posts: 2,979

    Location: Worcestershire, UK

    I’ve been getting a lot that just start ‘Attention!’…
    Not sure what the rest is as I just hang up.

    As I currently work from home and have the office number forwarded, I can’t ignore the calls and let them ring anymore either.