Self-Employment Income Support Scheme scam currently in operation

15 January 2021

The CIPP has been alerted to an email scam that is currently in circulation, that advises recipients of the extension of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and discusses the third grant.

The email originates from G.O.V. U.K., and the format is as follows:

“The scheme has been extended.

The online service to claim the third grant is open. 
You must make your claim for the third grant on or before 29 January 2021.

The third grant will cover a three-month period and will be capped at £7,500 in total.

The scheme for government grant has been approved for (recipient’s email address). The money are set to land in your bank accounts within six working days of making the claim.”

A link is then provided, but the link should not be accessed, as the email is a fraudulent one.

Unfortunately, the number of scams of this nature that are in operation has increased significantly since the outbreak of coronavirus, and individuals should familiarise themselves with guidance that assists with identifying bogus phone calls, emails and text messages claiming to be from HMRC.


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