Phishing Scams

Beware the Self Assessment Scam!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… for scammers! We’re heading closer towards the filing deadline for Self Assessment Tax Returns and the due date for Payments on Account. As a result, many people would be unsurprised to receive an email, text or call from HMRC. Consequently, it’s a perfect time for fraudsters! Nearly […]

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HMRC branded scams surge…

According to the latest figures, HMRC branded scams have increased by a huge 87% in the last 12 months. In figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request, there were 572,029 HMRC branded scams reported in 2019-20. This rose to 1,069,522 in 2020-21. It’s thought that the increase was triggered by fraudsters looking to take […]

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HMRC Issues Scam Warning

In the last year, HMRC has received 975,420 referrals of suspicious contact from taxpayers, with 552,885 of these relating to bogus tax rebates. This figure is a staggering 71.3% higher than in 2019. A large proportion of these reports relate to COVID-19, in particular Furlough Scheme and Business Grants, though there have been 450 variations […]

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Fake NHS vaccine message warning!

In what must be one of the lowest forms of scam, fraudsters are sending bogus text messages about the Coronavirus vaccines, to gather bank details. Please be aware of the new risk, and warn your family and friends not to fall foul of them! The messages tell recipients that they are now eligible to ‘apply’ […]

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Beware the Scammers!

Trading Standards are increasingly receiving reports from consumers about suspicious text messages or recorded messages they’ve received. These messages come in various forms, claiming to be: From a bank asking you to confirm a transaction – which hasn’t taken place – or to verify your account details. From HMRC or your local Council advising that […]

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Scam warning!

It’s a sad thing to have to warn about, given the current situation, but scammers are increasing their activities. They’re attempting to take advantage of people’s fears and vulnerabilities. Following the Government’s text campaign to tell us all to stay home, many people have received a second text that appears to be from the same […]

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