Avoid and report internet scams and phishing

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Report scam HMRC emails, texts, phone calls and letters

You can report suspicious emails, texts, phone calls and letters to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). How you do this depends on what you received.

If you got:

Your email address and phone number will be shared with other organisations if that’s necessary to close down the scam.

If you’ve given your personal details to someone

Contact the HMRC security team if you think you’ve given any personal information in reply to a suspicious email or text.

Include brief details of what you disclosed (for example name, address, HMRC User ID, password) but do not give your personal details in the email.

HMRC security team

Spotting HMRC scams

You’ll never get an email, text message, message in an application (for example WhatsApp) or a phone call from HMRC which:

  • tells you about a tax rebate or penalty
  • asks for your personal or payment information

Check HMRC’s guidance on recognising scams if you’re not sure.