HMRC advises that anyone who has received an email they haven’t requested, to verify a change to their online account, should ignore it. Taxpayers and agents should also ignore any follow-up emails asking them to click a link.
HMRC says, “These emails, which we are aware have been received by some customers, are a tactic by scammers to direct people to a phishing site and steal personal details. HMRC systems have not been compromised – but criminals have attempted to create fake customer accounts or to access existing accounts using personal data obtained through a variety of routes, including breaching other organisations’ security.”
Anyone who has received such a message is encouraged to report it to HMRC at email@example.com.
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