Fraudulent Tax Messages
The council has received reports of a number of residents receiving fraudulent phone calls, texts and emails claiming to be from HMRC and saying they are taking you to court to claim unpaid tax.
Remember: HMRC never send notifications of a tax rebate or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email, text message or over the phone.
If you receive a fraudulent HMRC message, please follow GOV.UK's advice:
Forward suspicious emails to HMRC’s phishing team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Forward suspicious text messages to 60599. Text messages will be charged at your network rate.
If HMRC needs to contact you about anything confidential they’ll reply by phone or post.
How to spot a fraudulent message
HMRC advise not to open attachments or click any links in an email or text message, as they may contain malicious software or direct you to a bogus website.
Examples of HMRC related phishing emails