You might be expecting a rebate from the taxman, but don’t let that lull you into handing money to a fraudster instead
Texts are popping up on phones around the country, telling us to claim our tax rebate.
If you get one, you may think that it’s your lucky day.
But beware – although the text claims to come from HM Revenue and Customs, it’s actually from a shadowy fraudster.
And the link it provides is to a dodgy website designed to steal your personal information, such as your credit card details. HMRC shut down more than 14,000 such fake sites last year.
HMRC will never ask people to disclose personal information by responding to an email or text message.
Last year HMRC closed more than 14,000 fake websites and we continue our efforts to work with law enforcement agencies around the world to bring down the criminals behind these scams.
Action Fraud, the national scam-busting agency, has received hundreds of reports of fake emails from the taxman and PayPal promising similar rebates.
It believes the fraudsters are trying to take advantage of the change in the tax year.