Odd spam/phishing call

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    Had one of the oddest phone calls today from 02394218026... a recorded message claiming to be from HMRC saying they had received a lawsuit against me and that my home is under surveillance and that I should immediately call them on 023....

    Given its a UK geographic number I would have been tempted to call them but didnt have a pen to get the number
     
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    Why did you need a pen when you put the number above? How random.
     
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    The number they gave was different to the number they called from (which my phone logs). The number they called from is an unobtainable number
     
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    023 9421 8026 is a landline number based in United Kingdom.


    It is operated by Hutchison 3G UK.



    Owner Name : PORTSMOUTH GB
     
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    Anyone can get a uk number now. They are meaningless as far as determining if it’s a junk foreign call or not.
     
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    I would ignore it as I doubt very much that HMRC would phone anyone with such a message. Also, did they mention your name or just say 'we are monitoring you?'. I get a lot of emails allegedly from HMRC and they are all phishing emails. I am registered with HMRC on line and all messages are sent securely to my account to which I have to log on to read them. It is very secure and I recommend using it. They just send an email telling me to log on and check. All other emails are therefore bogus.
     
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    It is 100% false, I know that... HMRC wouldn't "receive a lawsuit on me" as that isnt how English law works, I also very much doubt they would "have 24/7 surveillance on my home" and tell me about it in first contact... I am just curious what the next stage of the thing is.

    They don't use your name in the call, just for clarity.
     
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    The 2nd part will have various guises, based on the fact you are owed a refund from HMRC.

    Some of these people are very clever at social engineering, without people even realising they have divulged a lot of personal information, the outcome can range from a simple divulging of card details to a full blown identity theft/takeover.

    Maybe changing tactics due to this:

    HMRC halts thousands of scam text messages - GOV.UK
     

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