Self-assessment scam warning

With just under a week to go until the 31 January tax self-assessment deadline, scammers posing as HMRC are using various scams to try to trick people.  


Scam emails have been reported and Fraudsters are using the looming tax deadline to trick people into transferring money. Scam emails often include text saying that HMRC has changed its bank details, or asking for money to be transferred into a different account. Fraudsters generally include bank details in scam emails so that money could be transferred if the receiver fell victim to the scam.


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, email and text messages can be found at


Phone calls, emails and texts may be fraudulent if they are unexpected; offer a refund, tax rebate or grant; ask for personal information, such as bank details; are threatening; tell the recipient to transfer money; have typos, spelling or grammar mistakes or from an email address that looks wrong.


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’.