Which? Scam alert – HMRC

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Beware of HMRC scammers

As the tax credits deadline approaches, scammers are attempting to deceive people by pretending to be HMRC. They may claim that your information is outdated, a payment has failed, or you’ll face arrest if you do not settle a tax debt. These scammers may contact you via unsolicited phone calls and emails that contain phishing links.

Discover specific HMRC scams that have been reported to Which? and learn how to renew your tax credits for free online.


How do you spot a scam?

In the latest episode of our Which? Get Answers podcast, we dive into the topic of spotting scams. At a time when the cost of living is rising, people may be more likely to fall prey to scammers.

To help you stay safe, our host Lucia Ariano and scams editor Stephen Maunder share some valuable tips on identifying scams.

How confident are you in your ability to spot a scam? Tune in to our podcast to learn more.


Be on your guard against credit card fraudsters

Matthew Jenkin, a researcher at Which?, had to fight for a refund when he became a victim of credit card fraud. He received a call from a scammer who said they worked for his bank’s fraud team. The caller asked him to confirm recent expenditures and claimed there had been large payments made on his card. The scammer managed to deceive Matthew and run up a bill of nearly £1,000 on his card.

Have you fallen victim to something similar? Find out how to identify red flags and protect yourself from credit card fraud.


Stay safe,

Which? Scam Alert Team

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Author: Paul Middleton

Paul is a Ward Councillor for St. Andrews & Hornchurch Resident's Association Executive member.

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