Self-employed targeted with new tax scam


Cyber-criminals have launched a new phishing scam designed to steal personal and financial details of self-employed workers claiming the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) during the COVID-19 outbreak.


The scam begins with a text message informing victims that they are eligible for a tax refund and redirects them to a bogus website which leads to a realistic copy of the official HMRC site. Users are then met with a form which asks them to enter their email address, postcode and HMRC log-in details, before a fake refund amount is calculated.


HMRC are aware of this latest scam and warn people to be highly suspicious of text message asking for any personal details. They have confirmed that you will never get an email, text message or phone call from HMRC which:

  • tells you about a tax rebate or penalty
  • asks for your personal or payment information


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