Are you worried about the legitimacy of a suspicious email, phone call, text message or letter from HMRC? It's important to be aware of the potential for scams and to know how to spot them. The Government Digital Service (GDS) has reported a large increase in fraudulent correspondence from HMRC this year, so it's essential to stay vigilant and protect your hard-earned money. Here are 7 tips to help you recognize fraudulent HMRC correspondence and avoid scammers. The best place to find government services and information online is GOV. UK.
All services found through GOV. UK are reliable and priced right, as the government does not outsource its online services. If you're looking for a service such as renewing your passport or getting your European health card, go to GOV. UK and type the service you need in the search box.
The search results will contain the service you need and will be available for free or at the right price. HMRC contacts companies that sell products to UK customers through online marketplaces. The emails refer to VAT obligations in the United Kingdom and will explain why HMRC is contacting them and ask them to contact them. However, if you receive an email from HMRC offering a tax refund or refund, it's almost certainly a scam. HMRC emails will never offer you a refund, inform you about a tax refund, or ask you to submit personal information (such as an address or bank details).Here are 7 tips to help you recognize fraudulent HMRC correspondence:
- Be wary of any emails that offer a tax refund or inform you about a tax refund.
- Be suspicious of any emails that ask for personal information such as an address or bank details.
- Be cautious of any emails that contain spelling mistakes or poor grammar.
- Be wary of any emails that contain links or attachments.
- Be suspicious of any phone calls that ask for personal information.
- Be cautious of any text messages that ask for personal information.
- Be wary of any letters that ask for personal information.
If you're ever unsure about an email, phone call, text message or letter from HMRC, it's best to contact them directly using the contact details on their website.