We have had a number of clients contact us over the past week to say they’ve had an email from HMRC telling them that they are due a refund.
The email asks for personal information such as address, date of birth, and bank and credit card details.
HMRC will never send you tax refund details by email nor will they ask you to provide personal information by email.
We recommend that you forward the email to HMRC at this address – firstname.lastname@example.org and then delete it. Or you can tell us at Clayton & Brewill and we will report it on your behalf. Do not visit any links contained within the email or disclose any personal information.
HMRC has said that they have had around 75,000 fake emails (known as ‘phishing’ emails) reported over the past six months, which is an increase of 70% on last year.