Chief Executive of HMRC reminds everyone to be vigilant about scams

26 February 2021

The Chief Executive of HMRC, Jim Harra has taken to LinkedIn to confirm that, even in his position, he has recently been on the receiving end of a scam call. As a result of this, and because of the increase in the number of scam calls of late more generally, HMRC is doing all that it can to alert people to these scams.

Any suspicious HMRC contact should be reported, and this can be done online, via a form.

Alternatively, suspicious activity can also be reported via email - details of suspicious emails should be forwarded to HMRC’s phishing team – [email protected]. In order to help HMRC to deal with the email as quickly as possible, details of what an individual is reporting should be included in the subject line – the example of ‘suspicious email address’ is provided. There is a reminder that HMRC will never send notifications of a tax rebate or ask for personal or payment information via email.

Any suspicious text messages should be forwarded to 60599 and will be charged at an individual’s network rate. Again, HMRC will never send notification of a tax rebate or ask for personal or payment information by text message.


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