Scammers claiming to be from the HMRC have been offering “financial support” throughout the coronavirus outbreak.
Below is an example of what one of these scam emails would look like.
We are aware of scammers claiming to be from @HMRCgovuk offering financial support as a result of coronavirus.
If you receive a text, email or call claiming to be from HMRC that asks you to click on a link or give info such as your name, credit card or bank details, it’s a scam. pic.twitter.com/5E4hutWpGm
— Action Fraud (@actionfrauduk) August 5, 2020
Coronavirus Holiday Scams
Consumers have been warned to be on the lookout for fake holiday scams such as; fake caravan and motorhome listings, refund offers and travel deals.
Please be wary when booking a holiday as cyber criminals are using this to target you.
— Action Fraud (@actionfrauduk) June 27, 2020
Emails and texts are circulating in which scammers are claiming to be from the ‘Department for Work and pensions’. If you are expecting a call from the DWP about your online benefit application, be aware that your coached will leave you a message on your online journal.
The DWP will never text or email asking for your personal information or bank details.
— Action Fraud (@actionfrauduk) July 7, 2020
Covid- 19 council ‘refund’ scams
Have you received a text claiming to from the council or the HMRC offering you financial help or saying a tax refund is owed to you? It could be a scam.
We are aware of emails claiming to be from HMRC offering tax refunds as a result of #coronavirus
If you get a call or message claiming to be from HMRC that asks you to click on a link or to give info such as your name, card or bank details, it’s a scam. pic.twitter.com/9HUjVAYKXS
— Action Fraud (@actionfrauduk) July 16, 2020
As is almost the case with Phishing, Smishing and scam calls, they will ask you to provide personal information, bank details etc. Please be wary and aware that these companies will not ask you for this information in this way.