Between April and May 2021 HMRC received more than 5,000 reports from 18 to 24 year olds about phone scams. This age group can be vulnerable to tax related scams as they are likely to be starting their first part-time job while they are attending university. A lack of familiarity with the way HMRC and taxes in general work is also a big contributing factor. The scams are usually offering fake tax refunds or demanding unpaid tax which isn't something HMRC would do through text or email.
To stay safe HMRC have advised that anyone who has been contacted by someone claiming to be from HMRC to not reply or give any information to them. Do not click any links as it could be a download for dangerous software that could gather your personal details. The best way to ensure that any contact from HMRC is genuine is to get in touch with them directly through GOV.UK.
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