Amongst the latest wave of scam emails and text messages, HMRC are warning taxpayers to be wary of any requests for private information.
The emails and text messages direct the recipients to a fake HMRC website which prompts them to include personal information ranging from National Insurance numbers to credit card details, all under the pretense of a tax refund. The messages appear credible, complete with HMRC logos, plausible wording and reference numbers.
HMRC confirm that they will never use texts or emails to inform people about a tax rebate, nor to ask for any personal or payment information. The message is clear: don’t give out personal or payment information, download attachments or reply to any messages if you are not 100% sure it is genuine.
For more information or to report a spam email, visit https://www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing
Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.