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Recently Submitted A Tax Return? - Beware Scams

Recently Submitted A Tax Return? - Beware Scams

If you've recently submitted a tax return, don’t be caught out by bogus HMRC contacts claiming you're owed a tax rebate. 

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) receive many reports of scam emails and text messages at this time of year.  For example: "We have reviewed your tax return; according to our calculations a tax refund of £xx is due..."   The scammers then try to trick you into giving them your bank details, National Insurance number or other personal information.

Be aware that fraudsters can falsify (spoof) the ‘from’ text or email address or to look like a legitimate HMRC source.

If you’re not 100% sure that a message has come from HMRC, don’t respond. If you’re in doubt, don’t click on any links or attachments.  Scammers may include links to a fake HMRC website - to trick you into disclosing information.

Be particularly wary of emails using phrases like ‘you have 3 days to reply’ or ‘urgent action required’.

Remember that you should always log into your online account via your browser, never via an emailed link.

Genuine emails from HMRC will never:

- notify you of a tax rebate or offer you a repayment

- ask you to disclose personal information such as your full address, Unique Taxpayer Reference or bank details

- ask for financial information such as specific figures or tax computations, unless you’ve given prior consent for this

- have attachments, unless you’ve given prior consent and formally accepted the risks

- provide a link to a login page or a form asking for information - instead we will ask you to log on to your online account to check for information

Forward suspicious emails to HMRC at: phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk or visit the HMRC website for more details.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: wlo@herts.pnn.police.uk

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