Police issue warning over fake HMRC text messages

The scam text message
The scam text message

Police have issued a warning about a text message scam which purports to be from HM Revenue and Customs.

Fraudsters are texting members of the public offering a tax rebate. The text message contains a link to a website and requests personal information, such as bank account details, to claim the non-existent rebate.

Protect Yourself

- Don’t click on web links contained in unsolicited texts or emails.

- Never provide your personal information to a third party from an unsolicited communication.

- Obtain the genuine number of the organisation being represented and verify the legitimacy of the communication.

HMRC will never use texts or emails or tell you about a potential rebate or ask for personal information.