Fake HMRC tax refund notices scam – what you need to know

Fake HMRC tax refund notices scam – what you need to know
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A scam warning has been issued after reports of fake tax refund notices conning the public out of their savings. HMRC is calling on the public to stay vigilant when responding to email or texts – and warns people not to give out private information, reply to text messages, download attachments, or click links in emails. The tax authority, which is currently processing tax refunds for the past tax year, said criminals are taking advantage of this by sending out scam emails and texts. These trick the public into thinking they have received a tax rebate – so they unwittingly hand over their account and personal details. Mel Stride MP, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: “HMRC only informs you about tax refunds through the post or through 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. —coventrytelegraph.net

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