Beware of scam COVID-19 ‘refund’ messages

If someone gets in touch out of the blue, claiming to from the council or the HMRC offering you financial help or saying a tax refund is owed to you – it could be a scam.


Beware of scam COVID-19 'refund' messages
Beware of scam COVID-19 ‘refund’ messages


These messages will likely ask you to click on a link where you will be directed to give personal information, such as your name and address, or financial details. Please do not click on the link and don’t respond in any way to the message.

Forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to and texts to 60599. Check HMRC-related phishing, or bogus, emails or text messages against examples published on the GOV.UK website.