HMRC has seen an increase in scams reported to them since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Fraudsters are using a wide variety of approaches to try and get their hands on your money or gain access to your personal details. This includes emails, text messages or phone calls to inform you that there is either a refund due or a tax liability to settle as soon as possible.
Contact is often made from email addresses or phone numbers that are designed to look very similar to HMRC’s actual contact details. HMRC will never ask for your bank account details, personal information or send notifications by email or text in respect of tax refunds or payment information.
HMRC publish examples of bogus schemes that they are made aware of and this can be found here. If you receive any suspicious emails, text messages or phone calls you should report them to HMRC here so the fraudsters can be stopped.