Those who file a self-assessment tax return are being warned about fraudsters after more than 570,000 scams were reported to HMRC in the last year.
HMRC say that their self-assessment customers are most at risk of falling victim to scams at this time of year, with scammers sending fake texts and emails, or calling to either offer a ‘refund’ or demand unpaid tax.
In January 2022, phone scams rose to 3,995 compared to 425 reported in April 2020.
Myrtle Lloyd, HMRC’s Director General for Customer Services, said, “If someone contacts you saying they’re from HMRC, wanting you to transfer money or give personal information, be on your guard.
“Never let yourself be rushed, and if you’re in any doubt then check our ‘HMRC scams’ advice on GOV.UK.”
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