HMRC warn of increase in tax credits scam emails

HMRC are warning tax credits claimants in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK about scam or ‘phishing’ emails promising money back.

May 2014 has already seen an increase in phishing emails compared with the same month last year. If you click on a link to these emails, you are taken to a replica of the HMRC website and asked to provide credit or debit card details or other sensitive information such as passwords. In addition to money being stolen from victims’ bank accounts, their personal details can be sold to criminal gangs, leading to possible identify theft.

HMRC are asking recipients to avoid clicking on links in suspicious emails, or opening attachments, and to forward such emails to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then delete them.

HMRC will never ask people to disclose personal or payment information by email, so people need to be alert.

Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors based in Belfast, Northern Ireland can assist you with any tax compliance issues and help if you have been selected for a tax enquiry. If you need to talk with one of our tax advisors please contact us by calling 0800 840 9288.