HMRC has issued a warning about fraudulent texts and emails, which claim the recipient is due a tax rebate in order to obtain their personal details.
The ‘phishing’ scam attempts to take advantage of the fact that HMRC is currently processing income tax for 2017/18, so some individuals could receive a genuine tax refund.
However, HMRC says it will never use emails or texts to inform people about a tax rebate or penalty, or to ask for personal information.
Those genuinely due a tax rebate for 2017/18 will receive a tax calculation letter sometime between June and October.
Anyone receiving an email or text telling them they are owed a tax refund is advised not to click any links in the messages or give out personal information.
Mel Stride, financial secretary to the Treasury, said:
“Criminals will try and use events like the end of the financial year, the self-assessment deadline, and the issuing of tax refunds to target the public and attempt to get them to reveal their personal data.
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