If, like me, you’re self-employed then you’ve probably been fighting with your tax return for the last few days. The deadline is tomorrow (January 31) but be warned – this is also one of the busiest times of the year for HMRC tax rebate scams.
If you receive an email or text message that looks like it’s from HMRC telling you that you have paid too much tax – then ignore it as it’s too good to be true.
This isn’t a new scam, these phishing scams circulate year after year. It’s worth remembering that HMRC will never send notifications of a tax rebate or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email or text message.
These text messages and emails look extremely realistic so we’ve included images for you in this blog post so you know exactly what to look out for.
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If you receive a scam text message or email relating to HMRC, then you can forward the details of the text to 60599. Alternatively, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or report it to Action Fraud UK. For details on the latest scams to look out for you can check out this website.
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