Report a business to the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) customs hotline if they’re selling tobacco or alcohol without paying the full UK Excise Duty.

For your own safety you shouldn’t

  • try to find out more about the fraud
  • let anyone know you’re making a report
  • encourage anyone to commit a crime so you can get more information

What is tobacco products or alcohol duty fraud

A business might be selling alcohol or tobacco products that haven’t had UK duty paid on them.

For example, they might be:

  • buying products overseas and then smuggling them into the UK
  • shipping UK products to another country without paying duty and then smuggling them back in
  • making fake or inferior products