Scam HMRC text message promising cash

A scam text message that recently circulated claimed to be from HMRC and said that the taxman was issuing you with a tax refund.

It then asked you to tap a link so that you could claim the payment. To do this, you needed to enter your banking details, which would then be used to steal money from you.

What you can do:

1.Never click on any link, even if it looks authentic, or give out your bank details if requested by an email or text message.

2.Instead, contact the organisation involved directly and see whether they have contacted you. You can report suspected phishing or spam texts to your mobile network provider by forwarding them to 7726 (these are the numbers on your telephone keypad that spell out the word ‘SPAM’).

3. Make sure you’ve installed the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats too.

Find out how to do this here.