Commenting on the action taken against fake HMRC websites, Mel Stride, financial secretary to the Treasury, said: The criminals behind these scams prey on the public and abuse their trust in government. Were determined to stop them. hMRCis cracking down harder than ever, as these latest figures show. But we need the public’s help as well. By doing the right thing and reporting suspicious messages you will not only protect yourself, you will protect other potential victims.
HMRC said:genuine organisations like banks andhMRCwill never contact people out of the blue to ask for their PIN, password or bank details. So, people should never give out private information, download attachments, or click on links in emails and messages they werent expecting.
HMRC advises customers to:
- Recognise the signs Banks and HMRC will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, password or bank details
- Stay safe Do not give out private information, reply to text messages, download attachments or click on links in emails you werent expecting
- Take action Forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC email@example.com texts to 60599, or contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to report any suspicious calls or use its?online fraud reporting tool
- Check gov.uk for information on?how to avoid and report scamsand?recognise genuine HMRC contact
- If you think you have received an HMRC-related phishing/bogus email or text message, you can check it against the examples shown in this guide
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