An increasing number of concerned individuals are contacting offices across HMCTS following emails or phone calls by scammers.
Scammers mimic legitimate phone numbers (spoofing) and may allege that you owe HMRC money and that a warrant for your arrest has been issued. Scammers may also tell you to look up contact details for HMCTS courts and offices to verify the number they are using to call.
These calls include:
- previous mistakes in tax returns
- National Insurance numbers being used fraudulently
HMCTS is separate from HMRC and is not involved with tax payments and will not contact you about tax matters. HMRC does not use any HMCTS phone numbers.
HMCTS will not call or email you about a tax matter.
If you receive a call or email, or any type of contact, do not provide any personal details or make a payment.
If you are suspicious about a call or text, follow the checklist and contact HMRC.
If you have paid money, report the matter to Action Fraud.