Scam alert from Trading Standards
Published: 14 January 2021
ADVICE FROM TRADING STANDARDS
Trading Standards ask you to beware of these fake HMRC text messages that state you are entitled to a grant, a tax refund or a rebate due to the current lockdown.
These texts have been sent by criminals who have created fake websites. The websites that the text links to has been created to look similar to the government website, with the same branding, layout and font choices.
The fake website informs users that they will need to provide their card details in order to claim the grant or refund.
DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK.
If you think you have provided scammers with your financial details, contact your bank immediately.
If you receive what you think is a fake message, forward the text message, including the phone number or company name, to 7726
It won't cost you anything and it means your phone provider can investigate the sender.
Report all scams to us via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.