A SCAM victim has warned others not to fall for the fake HMRC call that left him £4,800 out of pocket.

Simon Hennell received a phone call from who he thought was the taxman telling him that he had an outstanding balance and needed to pay it.

The 40-year-old said: “I was scared into it. I got a call from an 020 number and they said I was due to be prosecuted and should stay on the line.

“Eventually I got through to a woman who read out a statement and was very serious and said I couldn’t interrupt her.”

The people on the other end of the phone first told Simon that if he paid £2,000 straight away then he would be cleared, but eventually they kept asking for more.

“The first sign that something was wrong is that they got me to pay smaller amounts into different accounts,” Simon told the Adver.

“I felt frightened, scared, upset and bullied.

“My mum, who was in the house with me at the time, told me to hang up the phone but then guy on the other end said that if I did I would be arrested.”

Simon said that the scammers used instant messaging app WhatsApp to keep up the con.

He added: “They made me send selfies with my driving licence to prove it was me. They were really convincing.”

“Luckily I had the money in my bank. I had around £4,800 but now it’s down to £200.

“The final amount they asked for was actually more than what I had but they said that the £200 would be fine and to just send that. Which was very suspect.”

Simon only discovered he was being conned after his mum Christine Googled the number and what he had been told and found out about the scam. But by that time it was too late and he had lost £4,800.

Simon contacted Action Fraud and his bank where his account was frozen. The bank told him that they would try to get his money back but there was no guarantee.

“I’m not sure if I’ll get the money back. I want people to be aware of the scam so that they don’t fall for it like I did.”

On the HMRC website, it gives a similar description of the events Simon experienced and what you should do if it happens to you.

It said: “HMRC is aware of an automated phone call scam which will tell you HMRC is filing a lawsuit against you, and to press one to speak to a caseworker to make a payment.

“We can confirm this is a scam and you should end the call immediately. This scam has been widely reported and often targets elderly and vulnerable people.

The organisation says anyone who has been a victim should contact Action Fraud which is run by the City of London police.

It is for anyone who has been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime to report the incident.