HMRC Refund Scams
Stay safe – do not give out private information, reply to text messages, download attachments or click on links in emails you weren’t expecting HMRC is calling on people to stay vigilant in the fight against fraudsters, who are using email and text messages to scam them out of their savings.
Mel Stride MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: “HMRC only informs you about tax refunds through the post or through your pay via your employer.
“All emails, text messages or voicemail messages saying you have a tax refund are a scam. Do not click on any links in these messages and forward them to HMRC’s phishing email address and phone number.”
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Watch Out for Another Scam
Once again, there is another warning about a scam where fraudsters leave automated messages pretending to be HMRC, saying the person is under investigation.
The fraudsters are cold-calling people and leaving message impersonating HMRC staff and telling people they are under investigation for non-payment of tax.
The message states that they need to call a certain number back, to discuss their situation straight away. If they call it, they are asked for their bank details in order to make a payment of ‘taxes’.
They seem to be targeting unsuspecting vulnerable and elderly people who will likely be panicked by such a message.
HMRC would not do this
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