Council warns against bogus tax refund texts

Denbighshire Trading Standards are urging residents to be aware of spam text messages purporting to be from HM Revenues and Customs.

Some residents in the county have received a text message stating that a tax refund is due and asking people to click on the link to complete a tax form.

HMRC will never send notifications of a tax rebate by text message, or ask you to disclose personal or payment information. People should never disclose personal and/or payment information in reply to a text message that may look like it’s from HMRC, you may well be revealing your details to a fraudulent website.

Trading Standards officers are urging people never to give out private information (such as bank details or passwords), reply to text messages, download attachments or click on any links in emails or texts if they are not completely sure they’re genuine.

Anybody receiving an email they suspect to be fraudulent and appearing to be from the HMRC should forward it HMRC direct: phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk or send any suspicious text messages to 60599. Text messages will be charged at your network rate.

Posted on Wednesday 30th August 2017