We all know about phishing emails and unwanted SMS messages but HMRC do sometimes use these forms of communication so how do you know if the email or text you receive is legitimate or a scam?
If you visit HMRC’s website they regularly update the list of emails and/or messages they may send to you. Go to http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/security/contacts.htm
The latest texts to be sent out are in relation to tax credits and these will be to acknowledge receipt of tax credit claims and renewals that have been made by post. Texts will be sent between 20th May and 5 August 2014.
HMRC will never send notifications of a tax rebate, or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email. If you have any doubt that an email you receive from HMRC is genuine please do not follow any links, disclose any personal details or respond to it. Please forward it to HMRC at firstname.lastname@example.org then delete it.