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HMRC Warning of Increased Digital Scammers

HMRC Warning of Increased Digital Scammers

HMRC has warned that tax-related scams have almost doubled in the past 12 months and have urged tax payers to remain cautious.

HMRC has published a webpage to help taxpayers check that the contact they have received is genuinely from HMRC. Follow the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-genuine-hmrc-contact-that-uses-more-than-one- communication-method

The page confirms that the number that HMRC texts from has changed recently, alongside detailing how taxpayers may be contacted for various ongoing research projects, including on off-payroll working and on corporation tax reliefs.

To further support taxpayers and agents in spotting potential scammer activity, HMRC publishes examples of HMRC related phishing emails, phone calls and texts, as well as guidance on how to spot these. Follow the links below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phishing-and-bogus-emails-hm-revenue-and- customs-examples

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/identify-hmrc-related-scam-phone-calls-emails-and-text-messages

We are ourselves issuing regular updates via our website and e-mail cannons. If you are not receiving these and would like to be added to the list please e-mail [email protected] with the subject “Add me to your COVID-19 e-mails”