A List of Things HMRC don't do...
It’s that time of year again folks, the spammers and scammers are out in force, trying to fleece you for your hard earned cash and your personal data and one of the many ways that they do this is by pretending to be HMRC.
So, here’s a list of things HMRC don’t do:
They don’t email, call or text you to say that you have a refund
They don’t ask for your bank details
They don’t ask for your personal information
They don’t ask for your HMRC login and password
They don’t send you links to fill out any of the above information
If you get any of the above, you should report to HMRC:
Forward suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org
Forward suspicious texts to 60599
For suspicious calls, if you can get information from them ie number, name then great and then note the date and time of the call and then pass this to HMRC
And then delete the email/text etc.
Oh “bother”… I’ve been scammed by this and I have given my personal information, what now?!
Contact the HMRC security team (email@example.com) and include brief details of what you have disclosed.
You can find more information on the HMRC’s website https://www.gov.uk/topic/dealing-with-hmrc/phishing-scams and there are some examples of scams that they are currently aware of that are doing the rounds too.
And if you think you are actually due a refund then speak to your accountant or call HMRC!