Warn­ing over tax scam on email and text

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE -

HMRC is call­ing on Lough­bor­ough res­i­dents to stay vig­i­lant in the fight against fraud­sters, who are us­ing email and text mes­sages to scam them out of their sav­ings.

The tax au­thor­ity is cur­rently pro­cess­ing tax re­funds af­ter the end of the 2017 to 2018 tax year. How­ever, crim­i­nals are tak­ing ad­van­tage of this by send­ing out scam emails and SMS-mes­sages to trick the pub­lic into think­ing they have re­ceived a tax re­bate so they hand over their ac­count and per­sonal de­tails.

Trea­sury Min­is­ter Mel Stride MP, the Fi­nan­cial Sec­re­tary to the Trea­sury, said: “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.

“We know that 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. It is im­por­tant to be alert to the dan­ger.”

If you haven’t paid the right amount at the end of the tax year, HMRC will post you a tax cal­cu­la­tion. This can be a P800 or a Sim­ple As­sess­ment let­ter.

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