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HMRC warns of tax refund scams

09 May 2018

HMRC is currently processing tax refunds after the end of the 2017/18 tax year. Income tax for 6 April 2017 to 5 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. And, that means criminals will be taking advantage of this by sending out scam emails and SMS-messages to trick the public into handing over their account and personal details.

Treasury minister, Mel Stride, emphasised that HMRC only informs you about any tax refunds via the post or through your pay via your employer. She said: “All emails, text messages, or voicemail messages saying you have a tax refund are a scam.”

In March the revenue asked for 2,672 phishing websites to be taken down and received 84,549 phishing reports.

Forward any suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to phishing@hmrc.gsi.giv.uk and texts to 60599.


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