HMRC has in a press release warned that fraudsters are sending scam e-mails and SMS messages that promise tax rebates in order to trick people into disclosing their account and personal details.
The tax authority is currently processing tax refunds after the end of the 2017 to 2018 tax year and is advising that people stay vigilant against fraudsters who are using email and text messages to scam people out of their savings by tricking the public into thinking they have received a tax rebate so that they hand over their account and personal details.
Income Tax for 6 April 2017 to 5 April 2018 will be calculated over the coming months and anyone owed a genuine tax rebate will receive a tax calculation letter by post between June and October.
HMRC only informs people about tax refunds through the post or through your pay via your employer. All emails, text messages or voicemail messages saying people have a tax refund are a scam.
HMRC are advising not to click on any links in these messages and forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to firstname.lastname@example.org and texts to 60599 or contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. You can also check GOV.UK for information on how to avoid and report scams.