HMRC Issues Updated Guidance On Genuine HMRC Contact and Recognising Phishing Emails

On 21 December 2016 HMRC issued updated guidance on recognising genuine HMRC contact and recognising phishing emails. The full guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/genuine-hmrc-contact-and-recognising-phishing-emails/genuine-hmrc-contact-and-recognising-phishing-emails

Please note that Emails from HMRC will never:

  • notify you of a tax rebate
  • offer you a repayment
  • ask you to disclose personal information such as your full address, postcode, Unique Taxpayer Reference or details of your bank account
  • give a non HMRC personal email address to send a response to
  • ask for financial information such as specific figures or tax computations, unless you’ve given them prior consent and you’ve formally accepted the risks
  • have attachments, unless you’ve given prior consent and you’ve formally accepted the risks
  • provide a link to a secure log-in page or a form asking for information – instead they will ask you to log on to your online account to check for information

If you are ever in doubt about the authenticity of an email which claims to have been sent from HMRC please contact ourselves.

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