It’s that time of year when businesses submit their Tax and request rebates. Fraudsters will tailor their scams to these annual procedures to manipulate you into paying a penalty; alternatively, they might entice you into a rebate to get your personal and financial information.
HMRC will never request a penalty payment or offer a Tax refund through any form of electronic communication. Take a minute and pause when receiving any email, text or call and question the request/offer, it could be a tax fraud scam.
You can find genuine contact information here: https://www.gov.uk/contact
To identify fraudulent Tax requests:
Actions if you think it’s a scam:
- HMRC: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/reporting-fraudulent-emails
- And https://www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing/report-hmrc-phishing-emails-texts-and-phone-call-scams
- Forward an email to the NCSC reporting email: .
- If you fall victim to these scams report to Action Fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk
For examples of these scams, visit the Government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phishing-and-bogus-emails-hm-revenue-and-customsexamples/phishing-emails-and-bogus-contact-hm-revenue-and-customs-examples
Genuine communication from HMRC can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-a-list-of-genuine-hmrc-contacts