The time is now for tax scams - don’t get caught out - 7th February 2018


At the end of every January, accountants across the nation emerge blinking into the sunlight after spending countless hours completing clients’ tax returns.

And while they’re beavering away, greedy scammers are also working overtime in a bid to separate Brits from their hard-earned cash.

There are all kinds of scams whizzing around at present in the form of emails, text messages, phone calls and direct messages on social media. All have one purpose – to mislead busy business owners.

The important fact to remember is that HMRC will never send notifications of a tax rebate or refund by email or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email.

In addition, don’t open any attachments or click on any links, as they may contain malicious software or direct you to a bogus website.

Here’s a selection of email addresses used to distribute scam emails:

  • service.refund@hmrc.gov
  • secure@hmrc.co.uk
  • taxrefund-notice@hmrc.gov.uk
  • taxrefund@hmrc.gov.uk
  • refund-help@hmrc.gov.uk
  • refund.alert@hmrc.gov.uk
  • refunds@hmrc.gov.uk
  • rebate@hmrc.gov.uk
  • HM-Revenue-&-Customs@ztoro.com

HMRC, which has published several examples of scams on its website, says it will also help its investigations if consumers report “HMRC-related” websites, emails, phone numbers, phone calls or text messages that they think may be suspicious. Simply forward them to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then press delete.

If you have any queries, please call the SW&A team on 01905 622202.


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