We have spoken to clients who have been targeted by scammers posing as HMRC and contacting them regarding the Fourth SEISS grant.
These emails are quite sophisticated and contain both official-looking wording and logos, making them particularly easy to fall for. The email address used for many of these emails is “firstname.lastname@example.org” and we commonly see “Your HMRC Fourth SEISS Tax Refund Notification” in the subject line.
We have included an example of the text used in one of these emails below for your reference:
“The date for submitting for the Fourth SEISS grant start 9 February 2021.
Please “Sign in to HMRC online services” reference below and follow step 1 of 3 to have your tax refund credit to your bank account, also note you might need your Passport number details.
Note : For security reason we will record (IP Address, Time and Date) Deliberate Wrong input or flooding with be criminally pursued.
Best regards, HM Revenue & Customs”.Example of scam email
We have noticed that many of these emails do contain grammatical errors or spelling mistakes which can make these scams a little easier to spot.
Please do not use any link on these emails or enter your passport/bank details on a linked page. To apply online for a grant you should head to the HMRC website at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme