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Watch out for tax scam doing the rounds in Badenoch and Strathspey

By Tom Ramage

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Scam watchers in Badenoch and Strathspey have circulated warnings about the latest efforts by crooks to con money out of innocent taxpayers.

One vigilant observer, Heather Lawrie Taylor, posted a copy of the fraudulent document today, advising:

"Fake HMRC scam letters are doing the rounds and heading through your post box.

"Genuine letters will have the Direct Debit payment slip for banks and building societies at the bottom.

"Those that don't have these derails are a scam."

It's a fake!
It's a fake!

Another, Rachael Douse, replied: "We have had this very convincing letter claiming to be from HMRC. A friend had a similar one recently. It is a fraud.

"If you get any unexpected letters about tax due, check the references and contact details carefully against those you know to be genuinely from HMRC.

"It feels as though we’re under constant attack. Assume nothing. Believe no-one. Check everything."

Commenter Tom Stutters helpfully pointed out: "Dear sir/madam is the biggest give away on this one, very well presented though isn't it?"

Douglas Kendal agreeed: "Dear sir/madam is a dead give away," while Joe Barton explained "You can tell instantly it’s not addressed to anyone but sir/madam," with Paul Quaye adding: "A genuine letter will always address you by your name."

Ellis Viner advised: "Before ringing any number always Google it, alarm bells big time on this one. Well done for checking."

HMRC has been contacted advising of the scam.

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