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How to tell if communication from HMRC is genuine

At Sence, we are regularly asked how business owners can tell if they have received a genuine communication from HMRC.  The amount of scam / phishing emails and texts has increased significantly in recent years.

With this in mind, HMRC have issued an update of their guidance on how to recognise genuine HMRC contact whether it is sent out via email or text - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/genuine-hmrc-contact-and-recognising-phishing-emails/genuine-hmrc-contact-and-recognising-phishing-emails

They have also issued a warning regarding two telephone scams that they are aware of.

Scam 1:

Taxpayers receive telephone calls claiming to be from HMRC requesting personal information in order to receive a tax refund, or to demand money for an unpaid tax bill.

Scam 2:

A recorded message is left, allegedly from HMRC, advising 'that HMRC are bringing a lawsuit against the individual and is going to sue them. The recipient is asked to phone 0161 8508494 and press “1” to speak to the officer dealing with the case.

HMRC are advising that taxpayers should not reply to the message and should report this to Action Fraud, or you can call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2050.

If receive any correspondence that you are not sure about then please contact the Sence Team on 01530 267 320 or email info@senceaccounting.co.uk

19 Sep 2016

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