Fraudsters are taking advantage of taxpayers who may be due a tax refund following the end of the 2017-2018 tax year.
HMRC are calling on people to stay extra vigilant as they are using email and text messages to scam people out of their savings and disclosing their account and personal details.
The SMS-messages or emails that they are using usually include a click through link to a replica of the HMRC website where the fraudsters will then steal the credit or debit card details. If at any point you are unsure about the authenticity the best advise would be to stay safe do not give out private information, reply to SMS messages or click on any links and let HMRC know straight the way. It is important to be alert to danger.
Treasury Minister Mel Stride MP the financial Secretary to the Treasury, said:
“HMRC will only inform you about tax refunds through post or through your pay via your employer they will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, password or bank details. All emails, text messages or voicemail messages saying you have a tax refund are all a scam.”
Income Tax for 6th April 2017 to 5th April 2018 will be calculated and anyone owed a genuine tax rebate will receive a tax calculation letter between June and October. The HMRC will inform you if you have paid too much, too little, or not the right amount. The letter will explain what you should do in these circumstances.
It has been requested by HMRC that 2,672 phishing websites be taken down. As recently as March this year they have already received 84,549 phishing reports. Over the coming months these are expected to increase as the genuine tax refunds are issued. Year on year HMRC are continually doing their best to stop these fraudsters but every year the criminals develop new ways to try and outsmart the HMRC.
For any advice please contact us on (01509) 816150 or via our website and we will be happy to assist.
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