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'Delete the message' Self-employed workers urged to beware SEISS 'tax refund' scam

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued the scam warning today, urging people to protect themselves and their money. It could affect a whole host of self-employed workers, meaning Britons should be vigilant.

“This is a scam – delete the message.”

The alert also linked to a guide on the Government website, which shares insight on how to spot scams.

HMRC suggests people use their checklist to decide if a suspicious contact could be a scam, rather than a genuine phone call, text message (SMS) or email.

On the list, HMRC warns something could be a scam if it is “unexpected”.

DON’T MISS

Forms of communication which offer a refund, tax rebate or grant could also suggest a scam.

Another warning sign is if the person is asking for personal information, such as bank details.

If they are threatening, or telling the person to transfer money, it could be a scam, HMRC warns.

They aren’t the only signs to look out for though.

WhatsApp messages

Should a person receive any communication through WhatsApp which claims to be from HMRC, they can be confident it is a scam.

HMRC directs those in this position to take a screenshot and forward it as an email to [email protected]

Gift or payment vouchers

HMRC confirms they will never ask a person to pay with gift or payment vouchers.



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