Friday, October 7, 2022

HMRC warning to Thurrock residents over tax scam


HMRC is calling on people to stay vigilant in the fight against fraudsters, who are using email and text messages to scam them out of their savings.

The tax authority is currently processing tax refunds after the end of the 2017/18 tax year. However, criminals are taking advantage of this by sending out scam emails and SMS-messages to trick the public into thinking they have received a tax rebate so they hand over their account and personal details.

Treasury Minister, Mel Stride MP, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury said:

“HMRC only informs you about tax refunds through the post or through your pay via your employer. All emails, text messages, or voicemail messages saying you have a tax refund are a scam. Do not click on any links in these messages and forward them to HMRC’s phishing email address and phone number.

“We know that criminals will try and use events like the end of the financial year, the self-assessment deadline, and the issuing of tax refunds to target the public and attempt to get them to reveal their personal data. It is important to be alert to the danger.”

Many of these fraudulent emails and texts include links which take the user to dubious websites where their information can be stolen. These sites are a focus of HMRC’s efforts to tackle fraud. In March 2018 it requested 2,672 phishing websites be taken down and received 84,549 phishing reports. This kind of phishing is expected to continue in the coming months as genuine tax refunds are issued.

Income Tax for 6 April 2017 to 5 April 2018 will be calculated over the coming months and anyone owed a genuine tax rebate will receive a tax calculation letter by post between June and October.

If you haven’t paid the right amount at the end of the tax year, HMRC will post you a tax calculation. This can be a P800 or a Simple Assessment letter. If you have paid too much tax the letter will explain how you can get your refund paid to you. If you have not paid enough tax the letter will tell you how much you owe and how you can pay.


  1. HMRC scam us all everyday out of our savings and earnings, they just have a group of people pass it as legal to get away with it.
    Many taxes are unfair, unbalanced and mostly unjust. Just take road tax and think potholes…fair ?, I think not.
    I guess they need to raise the 56 million with give the EU everyday in someway.

  2. Dont worry your billionaire friends don’t pay tax its all offshore.
    Neither does the Queen the countries most expensive welfare claimant who is also offshore who lives in the countries largest Council House and gets millions.

  3. “I guess they need to raise the 56 million with give the EU everyday in someway.”

    Or the 100 Billion to give to your billionaire friends in bailout money

  4. CTB
    Still got your bank account and helping the bankers get rich????
    Still claiming Benefits?
    Am I still supporting Vicky?
    Maybe you could go out and clear up the fly tipped tyres and earn you benefits??
    Bet you don’t.

  5. I will remind you of that when there is a bank bailin and you lose your savings.

    Yes I am on benefits thanks for benefit bashing me. It is humiliating and embarrassing being on benefits.

    If the council can get a Van over there I will pick them up I thought of posting it and making the offer because if they are not collected the kids WILL set them on fire. It is sad that a Registered Blind bloke has to do it. Instead of the paid council worker.

    as for the earn your benefits bit.
    did I not do that in Paying Income Tax, Capital Gains and all the other taxes for the last 27 or so years. I could say the same about you and your pension then,

    But I cannot hang around here I’ve got to go to apply for some jobs.


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