Fake HMRC tax refunds

I am sure you have all heard this before, but it never hurts to be reminded of the scams targeted towards tax payers, asking for information regarding bank details to pay in tax refunds.

HMRC have confirmed they will never send notifications by email about tax rebates or refunds. If you receive such an e-mail, their advice is as follows:

Do not:

  • visit the website
  • open any attachments
  • disclose any personal or payment information

A selection of email addresses used to distribute the tax rebate scam emails are below:

At the same time, please also be aware of the current mobile phone scams where phone scammers are targeting UK taxpayers by mobile phone and appear to be accessing company mobile phone numbers. From the examples I have been told, they often call soon after the taxpayer has made contact with HMRC.

If in doubt, hang up and call back on the official HMRC helpline numbers to confirm.

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