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Tax scams target university students

19 November 2018

HMRC is warning university students that scammers are heavily targeting them to steal their money and personal details, with the promise of a tax refund.

The scammers are using seemingly legitimate university email addresses (eg ‘@uc.ac.uk’) in order to avoid detection.

The taxman said that it has received thousands of fraud reports ion just a few weeks from students at colleges across the UK. This is the first time HMRC has seen a tax scam attack directly targeting university students in such high volumes.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride, said: “HMRC will never inform, you about tax refunds by email, text or voicemail. If you receive one of these messages it is a scam. Do not click on any links in these messages, and forward them to HMRC’s phishing email address.”

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