Tax rebate? Not likely!


If you are in the fortunate position of being eligible for a tax rebate, chances are you already know about it – so getting a surprise email notification from HMRC about a tax rebate you didn’t know about should be cause for suspicion, with just cause.

HMRC are warning that the scale of tax rebate scams are immense, with 771,227  referrals of examples sent to them in the last tax year. If they received 700,000+ notifications, imagine how many scam emails were actually sent out -by coincidence I have just received two, to different email addresses, whilst writing this post.

“HMRC only informs you about tax refunds through the post or through your pay via your employer. All emails, text messages, or voicemail messages saying you have a tax refund are a scam. Do not click on any links in these messages,” says Treasury minister Mel Stride.

“We know that criminals will try to use events like the end of the financial year, the self-assessment deadline and the issuing of tax refunds to target the public and attempt to get them to reveal their personal data. It is important to be alert to the danger.”

It would be nice, but if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!