There are scams targeting individuals via email and SMS Messages. HMRC have issued a warning to try and prevent this.
Genuine tax refunds for 2017/18 are currently being processes however fraudsters have already starting sending scam message claiming that taxpayers are entitled to a rebate. If you were to go deeper into the scam message it will request that you provide your personal account details to make the claim.
HMRC has stressed the importance that any tax refunds will only be communicate by post or through an employer, never via email, text messages or voicemail.
HMRC are therefore advising all taxpayers to not click on any links, download any attachments or to provide any personal information. Any suspected messages should be forwarded on to HMRC on
firstname.lastname@example.org and texts to 60599, or contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to report any suspicious calls or use its online fraud reporting tool https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report_fraud
For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hmrc-warns-on-tax-refund-scams