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Be aware of phishing scams!

HMRC have issued numerous warnings about tax scams, and recently we have been made aware that some clients have received phone calls informing them that HMRC is taking them to court for unpaid tax.  The phone call is a recorded message, it is a scam.

HMRC is keen to stress that it will only ever inform individuals of a tax refund by post or through their employer, and never via email, text messaging or voicemail. They say they will never call you up out of the blue and tell you that you owe money, and will only ever call ask for payment on a debt that you are already aware of.

We can report this to HMRC for you if you prefer, alternatively, we have listed below the HMRC guidance for reporting scams.

 

They have requested that you gather the following information about the scam phone calls:

  • The phone number that the call came from
  • The phone number of the recipient of the phone call
  • The date of the phone call was made
  • The time the phone call was made (approximate time will do)

 

HMRC has issued the following guidance to people to stop them from getting caught out:

1. Recognise the signs. Genuine organisations like banks and HMRC will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, password or bank details.

2. Stay safe. Don't give out private information, reply to text messages, download attachments or click on links in emails you weren't expecting.

3. Take action. Forward suspicious emails and details of calls claiming to be from HMRC to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and texts to 60599, or contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 if you suffer financial loss.

 

The Gov.uk website also has more info on how to avoid and report scams and recognise genuine HMRC contact. We have listed some useful lists below:

Avoiding and reporting HMRC scams - https://www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing/report-hmrc-phishing-emails-texts-and-phone-call-scams

Guidance for recognising scams - https://www.gov.uk/topic/dealing-with-hmrc/phishing-scams

 

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