HMRC Tax Credit Scam Alert

All those who receive any tax credits will this week receive their renewal packs by post. Fraudsters love a deadline and the HMRC has warned the public to expect a wave of scams around this process.  Tax credits can be renewed online through the Government website. Claimants have until 31st July to notify the HMRC of any changes. Last year the HMRC received more than a million referrals of suspicious contact from the public. Scams can include emails and texts trying to trick claimants into disclosing their personal details.


Tips and Advice

  • Spot the scam – avoid clicking on the email or links embedded within unexpected texts, unless you are 100% sure its genuine. Fraudsters are professional phishers!
  • Genuine contact – See the official list of genuine HMRC contacts
  • Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are sharing it with
  • Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
  • Report spam texts – by texting CALL to 7726 and they will respond with some questions for details
  • ID Protection –  If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
  • Still Unsure? – Call Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
  • To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool


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