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HMRC warns of scam text messages ahead of self-assessment deadline

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Fraudsters alleging to be from HMRC are increasingly using scam text messages to dupe taxpayers, the tax office has warned.

Ahead of the self-assessment deadline on 31 January, HMRC has stepped up its attempts to block scam text messages and raise awareness of the signs of fraud amongst taxpayers.

The tax office has said that because of its efforts, 90 per cent of the most convincing fraudulent texts now get halted before they reach people’s phones.

HMRC confirmed that it will never contact customers who are due to receive a tax rebate by text message or email. It said that scam texts tend to include links to websites that harvest personal taxpayer data or spread walware viruses.

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