Taxpayers warned of HMRC scam email

18 January 2017

As is usual in the lead up to the 31 January self assessment tax return deadline, fraudsters are on the go again with HMRC scam emails.

Taxpayers have been warned that fraudsters are targeting Britons completing their tax returns, by sending fake emails asking them to create a "government gateway account", which then requests 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.

If you do receive an email you’re unsure about send it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk, or if it’s an SMS message forward it to 60599.

HMRC has guidance on genuine contacts and recognising phishing emails.

You can also find further advice on online safety at http://www.getsafeonline.co.uk/.