A wave of ‘springtime scams’ which could be set to hit the phones and computers of tens of thousands of people over the coming weeks.
HMRC have now issued a warning about the bogus messages in a bid to stop people falling victim to them.
Around 250,000 reports of the scams were received this time last year – that’s an average of around 2,500 a day.
Scammers are using the spring to target people as genuine tax refunds are also sent out at this time of year by the HMRC.
The Government says that young adults, vulnerable people and pensioners could be particularly at risk of being targeted and falling victim to the fraud – primarily because they may have had limited contact with the tax system in the past.