This type of scam is becoming more and more popular and many victims have taken to social media to report these texts and reported them as a way to warn other people. One victim said: “I got a call on my mobile saying if I press one my NI number will be deleted. “
Another said, “I get three or four calls a day saying my NI number is in danger. What is that? What is happening?”
Mr. Wilding replied, “There’s a lot going around right now, it’s something I’m really glad you brought up.
“It’s a fraud. They say your NI number has been compromised, but it’s not.
“They just ask you to follow a link, give all of your personal information to someone who literally just writes down your bank details, who you are, your address and get whatever they want.
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Mr. Wilding concluded: “This is really a good one to watch out for.
“Don’t fall for it, then just send the message to 7726.”
HMRC continues to warn the UK public to become more aware of these scams and how they can appear.
According to the tax administration, there has been a dramatic increase in fraud reports with over one million reports of fraudulent communications in the past year.
They set out to try and educate the public on the safety of these fraudulent text messages and phone calls.
With the growing increase in phone phishing scams, they have provided examples of what people should watch out for if they ever receive such a call.
The government body said: “HMRC is aware of an automated phone call scam that will tell you that HMRC is taking legal action against you and tricking you into talking to a case worker to make a payment. .
“We can confirm this is a scam and you must end the call immediately. This scam has been widely reported and often targets the elderly and vulnerable.
“Other scam calls may refer to National Insurance Number fraud or offer a tax refund and ask you to provide your bank or credit card information.
“If you cannot verify the identity of the caller, we recommend that you do not speak to them.”
HMRC also pushes people to call Action Fraud if they have been victimized or lost money due to a National Insurance phone scam.
In order to help Action Fraud and the HMRC’s investigation of any potential scams, Brits should be prepared to share specific details of the appeal on a report form.
These details include: the date of the call, the date of the call, the phone number used and the content of the call.