Revenge pranksters target HMRC hotline

Revenge pranksters target HMRC hotline

Dodgy calls received daily

HM Revenue & Customs’ whistle-blowing hotline is being targeted by
revenge pranksters, an investigation by The Sunday Telegraph has
revealed.

A Freedom of Information request from the paper to HM Revenue & Customs
revealed ‘many’ of the 266 phone calls logged per day were from bogus parties.

The hotline was meant to help the Revenue catch tax-dodgers but an
unknown proportion of the 40,000 calls the ‘Tax Evasion Hotline’ has received
since being set up in March are believed to come from aggrieved managers or
spouses.

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