June 30th, 2016

Tax Scam – Beware of Heather Grey

Telephone Scam ‘Beware of Heather Grey’! There is a telephone scam where a recorded message is left, allegedly from HMRC, leaving the name Heather Grey, seeking to collect payment of allegedly outstanding tax. The telephone number given in the message is 0203 1295553, but it might have recently changed. This scam is becoming widely reported on the internet at Who called me.

HMRC advice:

HMRC takes security very seriously but you need to be alert. If you cannot verify the identity of the person making the call you should not disclose your personal details. You should report this to Action Fraud, or you can call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2050 (Please note this number will be charged at your normal network rate). They are open Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00. Please also see HMRC security advice.

Phishing is the fraudulent act of emailing a person in order to obtain their personal/ financial information such as passwords and credit card or bank account details. These emails often include a link to a bogus website encouraging you to enter your personal details. This guidance explains how to recognise genuine contact from HMRC, and how to tell when an email/text message is phishing/bogus.

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Alison obtained a First class degree in Accountancy and Management at UCLAN University. She then went on to qualify as a certified accountant in 2006 and became a founder member in 2011.

Alison trained at a practice in Liverpool and, within her 10 years there, she developed as an accounts manager and obtained a varied portfolio of clients which has provided her with a range of experience in accounts, audit, VAT and taxation.
Alison specialises in giving sound jargon-free advice to a range of small and medium sized businesses.

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