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Two men and two women have been arrested as part of an investigation into a suspected multi-million pound phone scam targeting UK taxpayers

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

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

Richard Mayer, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:

“Criminals use a range of techniques in tax-related phone scams, including calling unsuspecting taxpayers to offer a bogus tax refund, or threatening them with arrest if they don’t immediately pay fictitious tax bills.

“These scams often target the elderly and vulnerable. We are a well-known brand, which criminals abuse to try and add credibility to their scams.