HMRC shuts down 180 fake tax websites

HM Revenue and Customs has reported a surge in tax scam phishing attempts after shutting down more than 180 websites responsible for sending out fake emails.

The body also warned taxpayers to be on their guard for fraudsters posing as HMRC agents on the phone, seeking account details.

Chris Hopson, director of customer contact, said HMRC only contacts customers in writing by post.

“We never use telephone calls, emails or external companies in these circumstances. We strongly urge anyone receiving such a phone call not to give any information to the caller, but report it to the police straightaway,” he said.

“If customers receive an email claiming to be from HMRC, we recommend they send it to us for investigation before deleting it permanently.”

If you are concerned about this you can check the advice published on the HMRC website and forward any suspicious emails to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.

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