A List of Things HMRC don't do...

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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 phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

  • 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?!

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.

Stay safe!!

And if you think you are actually due a refund then speak to your accountant or call HMRC!  

GeneralRachael Savage