Two men and two women have been arrested as part of an investigation into a suspected multi-million pound HMRC phone scam set up to target UK taxpayers.

HM Revenue and Customs officers carried out searches at five addresses in East and West London on 28th July. They found £10,000 in cash, a quantity of laptop and desktop computers, mobile phones and SIM cards.

The four were arrested and questioned by HMRC on suspicion of money laundering offences. Investigations are ongoing.

HMRC’s advice:

Stop:

Take a moment to think before parting with your information or money.

Don’t ever give out private information or reply to text messages, and don’t download attachments or click on links in texts or emails you weren’t expecting.

Challenge:

It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests – only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

Search ‘scams’ on GOV.UK for information on how to recognise genuine HMRC contact and how to avoid and report scams.

Protect:

If you are suspicious then forward emails claiming to be from HMRC to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 60599.