The Insolvency Service is warning members of the public not to fall for a telephone scam which prompts people to make unnecessary and unscheduled calls to the Insolvency Service.
Unsuspecting callers will be hit with extremely high call charges as they phone a number that does not connect to the Insolvency Service.
A Government spokesperson said: “The scam appears to be instigated by a website based outside of the UK, helplinecall.com, which provides direct telephone numbers of businesses in the UK but when used, will cost the caller a lot of money.”
The Insolvency Service shared these tips to help prevent you from becoming the victim of a similar telephone scam:
Umbrella Accountant’s Licensed Insolvency Practitioner Thomas Fox said: “These scams are effective because it is an official sounding body.
“If you get one of these calls, it is easy to panic – especially if you are going through insolvency action – but it doesn’t take too long to verify that the caller is who they say they are.”
Similar scams have recently been perpetuated by fraudsters pretending to be from HMRC.
The Insolvency Service is an executive agency of the department for business, energy and industrial strategy that administers compulsory company liquidations and personal bankruptcies and tackles financial misconduct.
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