HMRC issues stark warning on scam forcing Britons to make 'immediate payments'


    HMRC has now issued guidance on genuine communication from bailiffs in order to help Britons establish true from false.

    A County Court bailiff will only pursue a debt where a County Court Judgment has been registered, and people can go onto their credit report to check whether it is genuine.

    A bailiff will not telephone or send emails which ask for money or make multiple calls in a short space of time.

    Nor will they ask Britons to transfer money into a bank account, or instruct payment and say people can claim it back at a later date.

    Bailiffs will hand deliver any documents, and will not take any money there and then. Those who wish to make a payment will be provided with the County Court number to call, and they can pay by debit card. 

    People who do not believe they owe anything, can call the County Court. When calling, they should use the Find a Court or Tribunal service to ensure they have the correct number. 

    As scams have risen, HMRC has issued fresh guidance on how people can check whether a message they receive from the Revenue is genuine.

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