Genuine HMRC contact and recognising phishing emails

15 October 2015

Phishing is the fraudulent act of emailing a person in order to obtain their personal/financial information such as passwords and credit card or bank account details. These emails often include a link to a bogus website encouraging you to enter your personal details.

HMRC has produced guidance which explains how to recognise genuine contact from HMRC, and how to tell when an email is phishing/bogus.

To help you decide if a contact from HMRC is genuine, you can see examples of the different methods that fraudsters use to get you to disclose personal information.