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Guidance on how to spot HMRC scammers

Guidance on how to spot HMRC scammers

We’ve all been there and most of us have even fallen for a scam email or text two, so HMRC just updated its guidance on how to spot HMRC scammers.

Scam emails pretending to be any number of companies to get you to input information, which is then used fraudulently against you, are on the rise.

Official sounding emails

Hackers are clever people who know just how to make their ‘official’ email sound convincing.

The best ones are from ‘companies’ which are really reputable and that you are likely to use, making you even more convinced it’s real – they have your email address or phone number after all!

HMRC has recently updated its list of examples of websites, emails, letters, text messages, WhatsApp messages and phone calls used by scammers and fraudsters to obtain an individual’s personal information.

How to decide if the contact is genuine

The guidance can be used to help you decide if a contact from HMRC is genuine.

It also provides examples of the different methods that fraudsters use to get individuals to disclose personal information.

HMRC is carrying out some genuine research with reputable companies and the guidance gives all the information on these.

Other things to look out for include what email alerts are genuine and what email address aren’t.

No requests for personal information

In most cases, genuine correspondence from HMRC will NOT ask for any personal details from you.

You can read about how to recognise genuine contact from HMRC, and how to tell when an email is phishing/bogus here.