HMRC reiterate guidance to warn students of potential scams

23 September 2021

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning university students in part-time jobs that they are at increased risk of falling victim to scams.

In 2021, higher numbers of students are going to university, with many students engaging in part time work as they study.  For many, this could be their first job and their first interaction with HMRC.  

HMRC is warning that in the past year, almost one million people have reported scams to HMRC.  Students could be particularly vulnerable if they are unfamiliar with what genuine contact should look like.  

HMRC has guidance to help individuals identify scam calls, emails and text messages and are reiterating the messages to encourage students to protect their information.

By June 2021, more than 680,000 students applied to university and over 900,000 held part time jobs during the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

CIPP comment
Do you employ university students?  The CIPP encourage payroll teams to communicate this message to their employees to help protect individuals from scams.

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