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HMRC tax refund scams

HMRC is calling on people to stay vigilant in the fight against fraudsters, who are using email and text messages to scam them out of their savings.

The tax authority is currently processing tax refunds after the end of the 2017 to 2018 tax year. However, criminals are taking advantage of this by sending out scam emails and SMS-messages to trick the public into thinking they have received a tax rebate so they hand over their account and personal details.

 

"HMRC only informs you about tax refunds through the post or through your pay via your employer. All emails, text messages, or voicemail messages saying you have a tax refund are a scam. Do not click on any links in these messages, and forward them to HMRC’s phishing email address and phone number."

Treasury Minister Mel Stride MP
Financial Secretary to the Treasury

 

What to do if you have clicked a suspicious link or PDF attachment

UIS has blocked many of the offending websites, but if you are away from Cambridge and not connected to the CUDN, you will not benefit from this protection and remain vulnerable if you click any suspicious links.

If you have clicked something suspicious, follow this advice:

  1. Use the UIS Password App (https://password.csx.cam.ac.uk) to change your password, but DO NOT use the same device that you used to click on the link as this may have become infected and could detect your change of password.

  2. See the HMRC website for details about how to report attempted scams using the link below.

 

HMRC security advice, and how to report scams

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hmrc-warns-on-tax-refund-scams


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