HMRC (suspicious phone call from this number 0300-200-3036)

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Posted 15th Apr 2019
I've received a phone call from this number 0300-200-3036 just now. No message has left by a person, other than telephonic message to choose option 1 for HMRC or Warrant will be issued today.
I've rang HMRC but they didn't find any log of phone call from their side. I haven't rang on this number yet. I thought alert the people and also if some will advise me to ring on this number to find out who are they?
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[Guide] Dealing with telephone scammers
A recent scam doing the rounds has seen scammers impersonating HM Revenue and Customs (the government institution responsible for collecting taxes). Scammers are doing this in order to persuade unsuspecting victims to transfer fines and penalties incurred for supposedly paying incorrect tax or tax dodging. The scammers have even managed to use the official HMRC number, with the official-looking 0300 number leaving many victims convinced by the scammers’ tricks. If you receive any calls demanding money from people claiming to represent the HMRC or any other government institution, this is a scam and should be handled accordingly.


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How should you behave during and after a suspected scam call?

The simplest advice is to simply hang up the phone. The minute anyone on the line starts asking for sensitive information such as your bank account number, credit card number or pin, simply discontinue the call. Scammers know all the tricks to badger this information out of you - they’ll claim that cooperating will lead to a lesser penalty or threaten you with additional fines should you not cooperate quickly enough. There are no advantages to staying on the line or speaking with the scammers again should they call back.


It’s also important to not share any personal information with scammers. It’s likely that you’ve been cold called for simply having a British landline number so the only personal information scammers can learn about you is what you tell them. Don’t reveal your name, address or any other personal information about yourself. While this information can’t be used to steal money from you, it could potentially be used to steal your identity or for other nefarious purposes. Any official caller will understand your hesitation to give personal information away and should give you the opportunity to hang up and verify yourself with the organisation that the call is genuine.


After you’ve hung up the phone, be sure to report the scam call to both the Citizens Advice Bureau and your phone provider. This can help to protect others from falling victim to the scam.


How to act if you’ve been the victim of a phone scam

If you think you’ve been tricked by a scammer and given away sensitive personal information, it’s important to try and keep a cool head. There are a few tips that you can take to prevent them from getting access to your money and limit any damage they can do to you.


The first thing you should do is ring the police and notify them that you believe you’ve been scammed. It’s recommended that you do this within the first 24 hours after the call has taken place (you can even do this online using Action Fraud). Try and note down any information that you’ve given the scammers, particularly sensitive banking and financial information. It may also help police if you can remember the names of the people you were talking with, as scammers often use the same aliases when making calls.


Police are already wise to this scam, with Crewe Police tweeting the following advice to citizens:


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It can also be an idea to notify your bank that you suspect your account has been compromised. They may be able to prevent others from attempting to access money from your account and set up a new account or card for you. While this may be time-consuming, it can be less painful than potentially losing hundreds of pounds from your account.


How are phone scammers impersonating an official government number?

To perform the trick, scammers are making use of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology. This works by using a computer and an internet connection to make phone calls - the same technology that powers phone and desktop applications like WhatsApp, Skype and Telegram.


While scammers can potentially impersonate any number with the HMRC extensions, there have been a few particular numbers that have been used during multiple scamming attempts. Take extra care should one of the following numbers attempt to call you:


  • 0300 200 9111
  • 0300 200 7007
  • 0300 200 7023
  • 0300 200 1123

What are 0300 200 numbers?

0300 200 is the official phone extension for HMRC. Calls made to this number from your mobile should be free inside your contracted minutes allowances, but will cost per minute if made outside of your allowance. Calls made to this extension from a landline will lead you to incur additional charges, ranging from 9.5p to 13.5p per minute depending on your provider.
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desislava.lizova28/06/2019 18:57

Lol I picked up a call from 0300 200 8064It was a guy with Indian accent, …Lol I picked up a call from 0300 200 8064It was a guy with Indian accent, who was telling me I've been charged with 4 points of tax fraud and my account and all assets will be frozen/taken. I said that must be a mistake... he said does it sound funny and treantend me.. he said I should hire a criminal attorney and I owe over 1000 for the past 3 years.. I miscalculated some tax ... I said I've been working for the whole time and it's not possible. He said it's not my employer it's me they are after. I said I should have received a warning first via post and he said that the letter is signed for and I wasnt home when they tried to deliver 2 the letter ... he said I have 2 options.. If I hang up the call he will call the police and will be jailed or I should admit to the crime ... I didn't listen and hung up. It's been 40 min since and no police came over . I'm worried that I confirmed my name and address. Please advise.Thanks,Desi


I would pack up and emigrate as quickly as you can.
Generic scam phonecall, will say that then ask for money in order to not issue a 'warrant'.

Ignore and forget about it.

Hmrc have said if you owe money they will always send you a letter and not call you out of the blue
Edited by: "winifer" 15th Apr 2019
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Generic scam phonecall, will say that then ask for money in order to not issue a 'warrant'.

Ignore and forget about it.

Hmrc have said if you owe money they will always send you a letter and not call you out of the blue
Edited by: "winifer" 15th Apr 2019
SPAM. Just ignore.

HMRC and other government bodies deal via post - they very rarely ring you.

They appear to be quite active today ...... who-called.co.uk/Num…036
Edited by: "Van1973" 15th Apr 2019
Suspicious phone call? Obvsly utter trousers phone call.
Choosing option 1 will probably connect you to a premium rate service, just ignore it.
Scam. Others have been getting calls from this number:- who-called.co.uk/Num…036

Do not call the number back
Let’s be honest - if HMRC or any other government body were seeking a warrant against you, the first you’d hear of it is when the front door suddenly opens.
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IF HMRC called me the first thing I would ask if where did you get my phone number :-) but in general when these scammer and spam calls come in I just scream down the phone.
deleted152336315/04/2019 17:07

IF HMRC called me the first thing I would ask if where did you get my …IF HMRC called me the first thing I would ask if where did you get my phone number :-) but in general when these scammer and spam calls come in I just scream down the phone.



Not very effective if it is a recorded message, as in the OP
Ignore and block it
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deleted1471098
If you do answer just give them hell, pretend they are taking money off you like HMRC does and give them loads of abuse. Don’t give them any details or money.
Common sense isn’t really common.
Go along with it when you answer. Did it for a ppi call and had them on for 25 minutes. Guy thought he was in luck. Probably fired now for missing targets
It's a definite scam, HMRC NEVER call, the scammers are using a script and call people all day, every day, ignore and forget about it.
Hit on run.....hit on run.
Had a computer voice call me yesterday saying HMRC are about to start a fraud action against me. Total bull, scam calls (I use to work as a fraud investigator).
HMRC will always write to you. Anything else is a scam.
Lol I picked up a call from 0300 200 8064
It was a guy with Indian accent, who was telling me I've been charged with 4 points of tax fraud and my account and all assets will be frozen/taken.
I said that must be a mistake... he said does it sound funny and treantend me.. he said I should hire a criminal attorney and I owe over 1000 for the past 3 years.. I miscalculated some tax ... I said I've been working for the whole time and it's not possible. He said it's not my employer it's me they are after. I said I should have received a warning first via post and he said that the letter is signed for and I wasnt home when they tried to deliver 2 the letter ... he said I have 2 options.. If I hang up the call he will call the police and will be jailed or I should admit to the crime ... I didn't listen and hung up. It's been 40 min since and no police came over . I'm worried that I confirmed my name and address. Please advise.

Thanks,
Desi
desislava.lizova28/06/2019 18:57

Lol I picked up a call from 0300 200 8064It was a guy with Indian accent, …Lol I picked up a call from 0300 200 8064It was a guy with Indian accent, who was telling me I've been charged with 4 points of tax fraud and my account and all assets will be frozen/taken. I said that must be a mistake... he said does it sound funny and treantend me.. he said I should hire a criminal attorney and I owe over 1000 for the past 3 years.. I miscalculated some tax ... I said I've been working for the whole time and it's not possible. He said it's not my employer it's me they are after. I said I should have received a warning first via post and he said that the letter is signed for and I wasnt home when they tried to deliver 2 the letter ... he said I have 2 options.. If I hang up the call he will call the police and will be jailed or I should admit to the crime ... I didn't listen and hung up. It's been 40 min since and no police came over . I'm worried that I confirmed my name and address. Please advise.Thanks,Desi


I would pack up and emigrate as quickly as you can.
Don't worry. No police will be coming. You owe nothing. You did right to hang up. Next he would want you to provide your bank details.....classic scam.
It's as dodgy as a priest telling you to put some money on the collection plate or you'll be damned.
I wish I got one of these calls, I'd love to mess around with these scammers
jamie1529/06/2019 13:02

I wish I got one of these calls, I'd love to mess around with these …I wish I got one of these calls, I'd love to mess around with these scammers

List something on Gumtree and leave your contact number visible. You will receive scam call literally within seconds.
AndyRoyd29/06/2019 13:24

List something on Gumtree and leave your contact number visible. You will …List something on Gumtree and leave your contact number visible. You will receive scam call literally within seconds.


I wouldn't willingly put my number out there, though I do have lots of SIM cards so perhaps so. Maybe I'll do some scambaiting and get a virtual machine
Just had the same thing happen to me. Didn't press 1 as I thought it was a scam. Did a Google and found this. Thanks for posting. I hate things like this, have now blocked the number.

Oh just checked the number again, they called from - 0300 200 018
Edited by: "Whiteboy80" 4th Jul 2019
Can someone pass them my telephone number so they can call me, I love these guys.

I had a phone call only yesterday from someone telling me they had been informed I had been involved in an accident that wasn't my fault.
They put the phone down PDQ when I told them that I didn't think I was at fault but the police and the family of that cyclist I ran over and killed did.
Edited by: "oliviasgrandad" 4th Jul 2019
I received a call from some scammer saying he from HMRC ( yeah right!!) saying that I have a warrant out for my arrest due to some fraud!! he was an indian guy. When he asked for my details I hung up....I knew it was bogus. You called me why would you then ask me for my name.

Unbelievable!! Who are they fooling.
rosezanna.simms12/07/2019 17:44

I received a call from some scammer saying he from HMRC ( yeah right!!) …I received a call from some scammer saying he from HMRC ( yeah right!!) saying that I have a warrant out for my arrest due to some fraud!! he was an indian guy. When he asked for my details I hung up....I knew it was bogus. You called me why would you then ask me for my name.Unbelievable!! Who are they fooling.


They go for old/vunerable people. Many people fall for these scams.
I reieved one on Friday it is scary I had paid my Bill through my Accountant but some people would be scared and give Bank Details.
Had so many of these. I string them along for fun. One of them was talking to a David Lee Roth soundboard for ages. Thick as mince.
Had one of these yesterday. Indian accent said he was from HIS Majesty’s revenue saying I was to be prosecuted for evading tax. I just laughed and blew my dog whistle down the phone. Also had same call in the past but that was a recording and the person had an American accent. Obviously a growing international industry. I have blocked so many numbers from my phone but still they persist!
Edited by: "edinburgher" 16th Jul 2019
Got this twice in the last few months.

I have no problems with taxes and I never believed this obvious scam for a second.

Still waiting for my warrant
chrisvaldez14/07/2019 17:50

Had so many of these. I string them along for fun. One of them was talking …Had so many of these. I string them along for fun. One of them was talking to a David Lee Roth soundboard for ages. Thick as mince.


I never even answer the calls but once I did. - was some Indian guy. He was very obviously trying to get me to reveal my date of birth and other sensitive info in order for me to receive a substantial amount of bogus money.

I pretended to go along with it and gave him false details, as well as saying the address they had for me was wrong so I gave them a new fake one (had my old one only and didn't want them to have that one either).

He then said he was going to put me through to his manager but I hung up.
deleted147109815/04/2019 19:45

If you do answer just give them hell, pretend they are taking money off …If you do answer just give them hell, pretend they are taking money off you like HMRC does and give them loads of abuse. Don’t give them any details or money.


Can always waste their time and pretend you fell for the scam like I did once. Just make up fake DOB etc. to give them.
hearts2218/07/2019 22:30

Can always waste their time and pretend you fell for the scam like I did …Can always waste their time and pretend you fell for the scam like I did once. Just make up fake DOB etc. to give them.


That's called scambaiting, it's quite big now.
Iv just had this phone call and trying to tell me I got a criminal offence against fraud, I dont pay tax and that she called me the scam cos I told her where to shuff it where the sun dont shine. And then she hanged up on me. I told her that if the government issued this then I would have a letter to my address regarding this issue. Then with her chopsyness it got me angry so I take full responsibility for swearing at her and told her to f off... phone calls like this leave me suicidal and if they carry on ill go see them face to face if it carries on. Ripping people off and trying to get their information. For one she called me a different name (my mothers name) I acted oblivious. Iv had enough of these shity phone calls. Where is the police to stop people like this. They are in act of criminal offence where is the justice.... for these lowifes. Rant over
gemma.regan23/07/2019 15:04

Iv just had this phone call and trying to tell me I got a criminal offence …Iv just had this phone call and trying to tell me I got a criminal offence against fraud, I dont pay tax and that she called me the scam cos I told her where to shuff it where the sun dont shine. And then she hanged up on me. I told her that if the government issued this then I would have a letter to my address regarding this issue. Then with her chopsyness it got me angry so I take full responsibility for swearing at her and told her to f off... phone calls like this leave me suicidal and if they carry on ill go see them face to face if it carries on. Ripping people off and trying to get their information. For one she called me a different name (my mothers name) I acted oblivious. Iv had enough of these shity phone calls. Where is the police to stop people like this. They are in act of criminal offence where is the justice.... for these lowifes. Rant over



Cracking first post look forward to your next one
gemma.regan23/07/2019 15:04

Iv just had this phone call and trying to tell me I got a criminal offence …Iv just had this phone call and trying to tell me I got a criminal offence against fraud, I dont pay tax and that she called me the scam cos I told her where to shuff it where the sun dont shine. And then she hanged up on me. I told her that if the government issued this then I would have a letter to my address regarding this issue. Then with her chopsyness it got me angry so I take full responsibility for swearing at her and told her to f off... phone calls like this leave me suicidal and if they carry on ill go see them face to face if it carries on. Ripping people off and trying to get their information. For one she called me a different name (my mothers name) I acted oblivious. Iv had enough of these shity phone calls. Where is the police to stop people like this. They are in act of criminal offence where is the justice.... for these lowifes. Rant over


These people are all in India, so they don't face any responsibility for their actions as the government there don't care. This is a good example of one, a very interesting watch:
I had one call me.... and I was bored so played along.

In the end I said I was really scared but if I sent him some money directly, could he delete me off the system … went very quiet and a lot of talk in background in foreign language Then he can came back to say I could.... then I started pretending my reception was going and he was getting more and more wound up
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