Spotting fake HMRC correspondence
Our clients have reported a big increase in the number of fake HMRC emails and text messages they’ve received this year. We want your hard-earned money to stay where it belongs, in your account. Here are 7 tips to help you recognise scam correspondence and avoid the fraudsters.⠀
- HMRC will usually contact you by letter, so be particularly wary with any online and phone communications. You’ll never get an email, text message, WhatsApp or phone call from HMRC which tells you about a tax rebate or penalty or asks for your personal or payment information.
- Don’t click on a link in any message you receive from ‘HMRC’. Login directly on the HMRC website instead if you want to check your account.⠀
- Don’t share personal or financial details via text, email, Whatsapp or social media. ⠀⠀
- Double-check the sender name and email address of all emails. Make sure they’re both legit. Here are genuine email addresses that HMRC uses:⠀
- Watch out for the automated phone call scam which will tell you HMRC is filing a lawsuit against you. End the call immediately! Fraudulent calls have been made with the following numbers among others:⠀
- Scammers tend not to be hot on grammar. Look out for spelling mistakes and if the wording in a communication reads strangely, it’s a good chance it’s a scam. ⠀
- Slow down. A lot of scam correspondence stress that URGENT action needs to be taken. Don’t be rushed, take your time to verify whether a message is genuine. ⠀
Speak to our team if you’re unsure about a message from HMRC (but don’t forward on the message!). And for more on how to detect a scam, visit the HMRC website here.
If you have any questions about HMRC scams or your accounting needs, get in touch on 0203 026 4679 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article is a general summary only. It should not replace accounting advice tailored to your specific circumstances.
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