The latest scam we’ve seen comes in the form of an email pretending to be HMRC telling the recipient they have a refund due from HMRC. They ask the recipient to enter their credit or debit card information, but this is then used to take money from the recipient’s bank account rather than provide the refund stated in the email.
Victims of this sort of scam are in danger of having their bank accounts cleared out and having their details passed or sold onto the other fraudsters.
HMRC will never contact taxpayers by email and will certainly not ask for credit card details. If you are unsure of any communication from HMRC, check first with us before replying.