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Beware! Latest HMRC Tax Refund Scam

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Posted on: June 8th, 2018 by Austen | | Categories: Paying Tax

Beware! Latest HMRC Tax Refund Scam

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An official warning has been issued to taxpayers about fraudsters who are masquerading as HMRC to trick people into thinking they have received a tax rebate.

As HMRC processes genuine tax refunds for the 2017/18 tax year, fraudsters are sending scam messages which claim that taxpayers are entitled to a rebate, and request that they provide their personal and bank account details in order to make their claim.

Criminals use links in fraudulent messages to redirect victims to suspicious websites, within which personal data can be stolen.

HMRC revealed that, in March, it received 2,672 requests to shut down phishing websites, and 84,549 phishing reports.

Treasury Minister, Mel Stride commented: ‘HMRC only informs you about tax refunds through the post or through your pay via your employer. All emails, text messages, or voicemail messages saying you have a tax refund are a scam. Do not click on any links in these messages, and forward them to HMRC’s phishing email address and phone number.’

Please contact us if you receive any suspicious correspondence from HMRC and we will advise you if they are genuine or not on 01484 685413 or email flourish@balanceonline.co.uk

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