With the ever busy January behind us, we wanted to quickly address something a lot of people suffer from, receiving a fake HMRC email.
So, how can you tell if it’s real?
The first step is to think about what the e-mail says, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Do you do a tax return or have any reason that the HMRC would want to contact you?
The really important thing to remember is if you’re not doing anything wrong then you’ve no reason to fear calling them to check the validity of an e-mail! There’s also some useful information online at https://www.gov.uk/topic/dealing-with-hmrc/phishing-scams
Remember, scammers are getting more and more sophisticated and fakes are becoming harder to spot. We’re more than happy to try and help you if you are still unsure, you can forward the e-mail to us for our opinion, please don’t send any attachments with it or we will probably not open it, we want to protect ourselves too!
But remember, if you’re in doubt then don’t click on any links, give the HMRC a call.