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.⠀

HRMC scams in text with photo of a scam artist
  1. 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.
  1. 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.⁠⠀
  1. Don’t share personal or financial details via text, email, Whatsapp or social media. ⁠⠀⁠⠀
  1. 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:⁠⠀
  1. 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:⁠⠀
  • 01622690690⁠⠀
  • 02052006933⁠⠀
  • 02042001957⁠⠀
  1. 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. ⁠⠀
  1. 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

Stay safe!⁠⠀

If you have any questions about HMRC scams or your accounting needs, get in touch on 0203 026 4679 or at

This article is a general summary only. It should not replace accounting advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

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