FIVE MEMBERS of a suspected organised criminal gang have been arrested after allegedly launching what HMRC described as a "cyber attack" against the department over a £500,000 tax fraud.
The group is believed to have illegally obtained personal information from third parties in order to set up false self-assessment accounts with HMRC, stretching as far back as the Jubilee bank holiday weekend of 2012, with the intention of generating fraudulent tax rebates.
One man was arrested on 24 August at Stansted airport as he disembarked a flight from Italy after HMRC investigators worked with their Italian counterparts responsible for investigating cybercrime.
A further four men were arrested in London, at Stansted airport and in Chatham, together with simultaneous searches in London, Chatham, and Italy. They have been released on bail, pending further enquiries.
HMRC criminal investigations assistant director Andrew Sackey said: "HMRC's online systems proved extremely resilient to these attacks - they correctly identified and prevented the vast majority of false repayment attempts from the outset.
"These arrests clearly demonstrate that we can, and will, apprehend those suspected of attempting to cheat UK taxpayers by defrauding HMRC, with international assistance if necessary."
I was also a victim of the same or similar organized criminals since more than 2 weeks. They already take money from me presenting me fake documents, pasports, contracts and more and off course they want more money - 500 000 Pounds for tax. They are very well organized and you can not imagine this could be fraud because everything looks like real. These "sick" people are able to brake you down and to let you loose your last cent! They will let you believe that they are directors of banks , vat office (HMRC London) employes and will make you complete confused with fake documents from real institutions from London.
I really hope that they will take responsibility!
Please, if anyone know how I can get my money back to contact me.
Posted by: P, 03 Sep 2013 | 16:21
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