We have seen increasingly convincing HMRC tax refund scams in recent months. The tax office is currently processing refunds following the end of the 2017/18 tax year and criminals are taking advantage of this by sending out scam emails and SMS-messages to trick people into handing over account and personal details.
We would like to remind everyone that:
- HMRC only informs people about tax refunds through the post or through their pay via their employer
- All emails, text messages, or voicemail messages saying someone has a tax refund are a scam – don’t click on any links in these messages
Income tax for 6th April 2017 to 5th April 2018 will be calculated over the coming months and anyone owed a genuine tax rebate will receive a tax calculation letter by post between June and October.
If our clients are unsure about any correspondence they receive, we strongly encourage them to get in touch with us to discuss this before taking any action relating to the correspondence.
- recognise the signs – genuine organisations like banks and HMRC will never contact people out of the blue to ask for their PIN, password or bank details
- stay safe – do not give out private information, reply to text messages, download attachments or click on links in emails that weren’t expected
- take action – forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to firstname.lastname@example.org and texts to 60599, or contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to report any suspicious calls or use its online fraud reporting tool
- check GOV.UK for information on how to avoid and report scams and recognise genuine HMRC contact