This is an increasingly worrying trend where scammers are impersonating HMRC to obtain money or valuable personal information. Please look at the HMRC top tips to spot a scam and remember they will never contact tax payers via text or email to advise of a tax refund.
Young adults who may have less experience of the tax system should be especially vigilant against springtime refund scams, warns HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Scammers are increasingly targeting vulnerable or elderly people and those with less familiarity with the tax system, such as young adults. During April and May, fraudsters regularly blitz taxpayers with refund scams by email or text pretending to be HMRC. Criminals do this to coincide with legitimate rebates being processed by HMRC.