Apparently HMRC have responded to more than 79,000 queries relating to fake tax refunds, that’s a 14% increase since the previous year suggesting fraudsters and scammers are increasing.

With the 2023 Tax Return filing deadline having now passed and many taxpayers awaiting refunds – an email, phone call or text message from a fraudster/scammer offering tax refunds are at large.  They attempt to obtain your personal details which they sell to criminals, or gain access to your bank accounts by emails, phone calls or texts that mimic a HMRC message. 

To protect yourself, please avoid rushing into anything – check your position first and always protect your personal information. 

HMRC have confirmed that they will not email, text or call a taxpayer to tell them they are due a refund (or ask them to request a refund).  Tax repayments are made automatically into the designated account included on your Tax Return form.   Alternatively, tax repayments due can be seen in your online HMRC account. 

If you are contacted by someone purported to be HMRC by e-mail, phone or text that you are suspicious of, please report it to HMRC by  

  • Forwarding emails to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk
  • Report tax scam phone calls to HMRC here
  • Forward suspicious texts claiming to be from HMRC to 60599

If you are in any doubt as to whether the contact you have received is genuinely from HMRC, check here.

Be vigilant!