Scam alert for Self-Assessment

Scam alert

As the Self-assessment deadline draws closer, it is important to stay vigilant for HMRC related scams. 

 

Fraudsters use the self-assessment deadline to try to steal money or personal information from unsuspecting individuals. Phone calls, emails and texts may be fraudulent if they are unexpected; offer a tax refund, tax rebate or grant; ask for personal information; have typos, spelling or grammar mistakes or are sent from an email address that looks wrong. Fraudulent emails often include text saying that HMRC has changed its bank details, or asking for money to be transferred into a different account.

 

It is important to not give out personal information, download attachments or click on any links in unexpected texts or emails. More advice on how to spot HMRC related scam phone calls, emails and text messages can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/identify-hmrc-related-scam-phone-calls-emails-and-text-messages

 

HMRC is also warning people to be aware of websites that charge for government services – such as call connection sites – that are in fact free or charged at local call rates. Other companies charge people for help getting ‘tax refunds’.

 

Individuals can report suspicious phone calls using a form on gov.uk and should forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to phising@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 65099.

More information regarding reporting scams can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/reporting-fraudulent-emails