BEWARE: Tax Refund Scam

We have received reports of a scam relating to the timings of applications for a fourth SEISS Tax Refund.

The typical format of the message is by email and usually refers to your entitlement to a tax refund.  The link in the message will take you to a ‘clone’ of the HMRC website and you will be asked to submit personal details so that the money can be paid directly into your bank account.  A typical message that is circulating this week is reproduced below:


Claims for the Fourth SEISS grant have now opened for Application.

The date for submitting application for the Fourth SEISS grant start 15 February 2021.

Please “Sign in to HMRC online services” reference below and follow step 1 of 3 to have your tax refund credit to your bank account, also note you might need your Passport number details .

Sign in to HMRC online services self assessment.

Note : For Security reason we will record (IP Address, Time and Date) Delibrate Wrong input or flooding with be criminally pursued.

Best regards,

HM Revenue & Customs


Please note, this is a scam as HMRC will only write to you by letter and they will never send emails to announce such refunds.  You may also see mistakes in their use of the English language, grammar, and spelling – all of which are apparent in the above example. The website url is also clearly not an HMRC link.

Any such emails should be deleted or forwarded for investigation to:

For more information about how to report fraud and cybercrime, visit Action Fraud.

If you have any concerns regarding your tax return or other related matters, our experts at Beavis Morgan are available to assist. We take the hassle of dealing with HMRC away from you, so that you don’t need to deal directly with them. We are also able to advise on all aspects of tax whether compliance or planning.

Contact your usual Beavis Morgan Partner or email for further information and assistance.