As the renewal deadline for Tax Credits approaches and the Inland Revenue begin an advertising campaign to remind claimants to renew their claims, HMRC are warning everyone to beware of fake and scam emails. These emails try to spoof the official HMRC website and are seeking to get your personal and bank details with a view to stealing your money or your identity.
Nick Lodge, Director General of Benefits and Credits, said:
“HMRC will never ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email. We are committed to your online security but the methods fraudsters use to obtain information are constantly changing, so you need to be alert. Anyone who receives this type of email should send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.”