Every year HMRC issues thousands of SMS messages and emails as part of its push to remind people to file before the 31 January deadline. HMRC says it is aware that fraudsters use calls, emails and texts to contact taxpayers.
In the last 12 months, HMRC has responded to more than 846,000 referrals of suspicious HMRC contact from the public and reported over 15,500 malicious webpages to internet service providers so that they can be taken down.
Many scams target customers to inform them of a fake tax rebate or tax refund. The imposters use language intended to convince the taxpayer to hand over personal information, including bank details, in order to claim the refund.