Beware of bogus emails (and texts!)
07 October 2016 08:16
It seems to be that time of the year, where scammers are sending out bogus emails and texts informing the “lucky” recipient that they are due a tax refund.
But beware – although the message claims to be from HMRC, it is actually from some fraudster. The text/email contains a link to a fake website, which is designed to obtain your personal details.
Here at MoynanSmith, we've seen a number of these emails recently, and they look scarily legitimate. Look at the screenshot below to see how official these look!
One key point to remember is that HMRC will never request personal details by responding to a text.
Despite HMRC closing down over 14,000 fake sites last year, more sites keep being formed.
So, how do you spot a fake?
HMRC will never ask about the following in a text or email:
- Your personal and financial information, including bank details
- They will never disclose specific details, including an amount of tax you are owed
- They will never offer a repayment of tax via text/email
- HMRC will not attach a document to an email, or send you links
If you receive an email from “HMRC”, please do not disclose any information or click on any links.
If in any doubt, feel free to get in touch and we will happily advise accordingly.