The 31st of January self-assessment filing deadline is just a few days away and I felt it important to remind everyone to be wary of scams with a number of criminals posing as HMRC trying to defraud unwary people ...
There have been a number of scam emails circulating recently. All of them look like HMRC approved messages. Be assured though, none of them is actually from HMRC, they don't want to give you an immediate tax refund, they're not going to arrest you, and their bank details haven't changed.
Always be vigilant and proceed with caution. Why would HMRC give you a tax refund if you click the link? Why would they arrest you? Why would they change their bank details? If people are panicking to get their self-assessment tax return filed and the tax due paid on time, then scammers could prey on this worry.
Never ever reply with personal information. Don't click on links in these emails and certainly don't download any attachments that may be included in unexpected emails or text messages!
HMRC also regularly remind people that calls to them are charged at local rates. There are many websites out there that charge for government services such as helping to get a tax refund. If you're due one, you'll get it automatically ... you don't need any help with this.
Be very wary of any unsolicited contact from HMRC. It really could be a scam.
If you feel inspired to find out more about anything I've said here, do call me on 01908 774320 or leave a comment below and I'll be in touch as soon as I can.