Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
If someone texts, emails or calls claiming to be from HMRC, saying that you are owed a tax refund or can claim financial help, and asks you to click on a link or to give information such as your name, credit card or bank details, it is a scam.
HMRC‚ s advice:
Recognise the signs ‚ genuine organisations like banks and HMRC will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your bank details, PIN or password. Stay safe ‚ do not give out private information, reply to text messages, download attachments or click on links in emails you were not expecting. Take action ‚ forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to phishing [at] hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 60599. Check GOV.UK for information on‚how to avoid and report scams‚and to‚recognise genuine HMRC contact. If you think you have received an HMRC-related phishing or bogus email or text message, you can check it against examples published on GOV.UK. Contact your bank immediately if you believe you have submitted card details to a scammer and report to Action Fraud if you suffer financial loss.‚