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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is warning Self Assessment customers to be alert to criminals claiming to be from HMRC.

In a statement released today (November 17), HMRC said: “As the department issues thousands of SMS messages and emails as part of its annual Self Assessment tax return push, HMRC is warning customers completing their returns to take care to avoid being caught out by scammers. The annual tax return deadline is on 31 January 2021.

“The department knows that fraudsters use calls, emails or texts to contact customers. In the last 12 months, HMRC has responded to more than 846,000 referrals of suspicious HMRC contact from the public and reported over 15,500 malicious web pages to internet service providers to be taken down. Almost 500,000 of the referrals from the public offered bogus tax rebates.”

Click here to download HMRC’s full statement.

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