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Current Frauds and Scams

The following are some of the main scams/frauds HM Revenue & Customs are currently aware of.

1. Fraudulent P86 form

There is currently a letter purporting to be from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs which asks for personal information from taxpayers employed outside the UK.

The letter is accompanied by a bogus copy of form P86 and asks for personal bank account details. An authentic P86 does not ask for personal bank account details.

These documents have not been issued by HM Revenue & Customs and you should not complete any information on the fake form.

The HM Revenue & Customs logo, telephone and fax numbers and the address on the letterhead are all false.

You are advised to ignore such letters and to report the incident to the Police.

2. Tax Rebates

HM Revenue & Customs are aware of a high number of emails in circulation offering rebates. These are not official emails, as HM Revenue & Customs do not correspond by email. Do not visit the website contained in the email or disclose any personal or payment information.

3. "Update from HM Revenue & Customs" email

An email is being sent purporting to be from HM Revenue & Customs and asking recipients to "update your account to the new EV SSL Certification". This is a scam e-mail attempting to steal user ids and passwords. The email is sent from i) hmrc@hmrc.gov.uk ii) onlineservices@HMRevenueCustoms.org

Generally, if you receive a phone call or email purporting to be from HM Revenue & Customs, check the authenticity, as HM Revenue & Customs do not use email for correspondence and generally correspond in writing in the form of a letter.