HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is warning of an email scam whereby fraudsters are targeting those completing their tax returns, by sending fake emails asking them to create a “government gateway account.” They are then being asked to provide their personal banking details.
Customers who receive an email with the subject line “# Refund Payment Confirmation Number” followed by an 11-digit number, are being warned to report and erase the message immediately. This can be done through Action Fraud.
The scam emails reads: “We are sending this email to announce that after the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax return of £[sum]. In order to receive your tax refund, you need to create a Government Gateway account.”
With cyber crime currently at an all time high, HMRC says customers should take extra caution when entering personal details online.
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 you don’t need to deal directly with them. We are also able to advise on all aspects of tax whether compliance or planning.