Taxpayers Beware Warns HMRC

Fraudsters are currently using emails and text messages to target individuals by promising them a tax rebate.  HMRC has warned that many of the messages contain links to websites that steal personal information and individuals should not reply, click on any links or download any attachments.

HMRC is currently processing tax refunds for tax returns covering the 2017/18 tax year.  If a genuine refund is due, a letter showing your tax calculation and details on how to get your refund will be sent by post between the months of June and October.

HMRC has asked for a record 20,750 websites to be taken down over the past 12 months.  This was a 29% increase on the previous year.  It says it has brought in technology to tackle cyber-crime but warned the public to be aware and report phishing attempts to and questionable texts to 60599



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