Monday 21 August 2017

'Aggressive fraudsters threatened to jail me' - Boyzone's Mikey Graham on 'Revenue' scam

Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Boyzone’s Mikey Graham is the latest celebrity to be hit by a ‘Revenue’ scam that tries to dupe members of the public out of huge sums of cash.

A gang of fraudsters targeted the singer this weekand tried to elicit money out of the singer, claiming he had an unpaid tax bill. 

Mr Graham told the Herald they claimed there would be a warrant out for his arrest and a fine of up to €50,000 if he did not comply with demands for “thousands of euros”.

He was left seriously shaken after being contacted by scammers “with Indian accents” who were “very threatening” in their manner and warned he would be jailed if he failed to pay.

Mr Graham said he received a phone call yesterday afternoon from an automated messaging service, telling him to contact a different number in relation to an “outstanding legal matter”.

When he phoned the number, he said the man he spoke to was “very aggressive” and began “bombarding me with threats”.

“It was very alarming to receive the initial call and then they were trying to look for payment via iTunes vouchers,” he said.

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“He told me the full weight of the law would come down on me if I didn’t pay, that my accounts would be frozen and there would be a warrant out for my arrest.

“He said I could be charged up to €50,000 if I didn’t settle the bill because they said they had proof that I owed this money.

“They told me I had an hour-and-a-half to go to a store and purchase the iTunes vouchers.”

His suspicions were further raised after they were unable to quote his PPS number.

Further, his financial affairs have always been looked after by an accountant and he knew he was fully tax-compliant.

Mr Graham is warning others to be vigilant and to have their guard up about unsolicited communications from anyone claiming to be from the Revenue Commissioners.

“The man was very aggressive and very military-sounding in his manner. He wouldn’t let me get a word in. It would be easy to catch out an elderly person with this as they almost caught me out with it,” he said.

Mr Graham reported the matter and the Garda Fraud Squad is now investigating.

 

Herald

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