HMCTS telephone numbers used by tax scammers

Scammers using HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) telephone numbers to demand tax payments.

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 debts owed to HMRC and that a warrant for arrest has been issued. Scammers may also tell listeners to look up contact details for HMCTS courts and offices to verify the number they are using to call.

These calls allege:

  • 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 anyone about tax matters. HMRC does not use any HMCTS phone numbers. They will not call or email anyone about a tax matter.

If you receive a call or email, or any type of contact, do not provide any personal details or make any payment.

Check HMRC’s scams checklist, find out how to report tax scams and get information on how to recognise genuine HMRC contacts.

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.

PAYadvice.UK 17/3/2021

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