Trading Standards Information and Advice: HMRC scams

There are many scams currently in circulation about tax refunds. With this in mind it seems a good time to remind consumers and businesses to be vigilant with their online activities.

The HMRC rely on electronic communication and transactions as a key part of their daily business. As with other online service providers the regularity with which the HMRC use online communications and transactions gives rise to fraudulent activity, with individuals claiming to be people that they are not and obtaining information that they are not entitled to.

HMRC and East Sussex County Council Trading Standards Service would remind residents to be cautious when answering to emails concerning tax rebates. HMRC would not inform customers of a tax rebate via email, or invite them to complete an online form to receive a rebate of tax. By visiting www.hmrc.gov.uk and visiting the security advice pages you can find a list of HRMC related scams to look out for.

You can also stay safe online when making payments by checking that ‘https’ and the padlock symbol which indicate a secure website are on your screen to ensure your payment is secure.