HMRC have published updated guidance on the gov.uk website on how to recognise when contact from HMRC is genuine and how to recognise phishing and bogus emails. Phishing is the fraudulent act of emailing a person in order to obtain personal and financial details, such as passwords and credit card and bank account details. Phishing emails often contain a link to a bogus screen asking for the input of personal and financial details.
The HMRC guidance sets out a list of current digital contacts from HMRC and guidance on how to tell if an email from HMRC is genuine. It should be noted that HMRC never send notification of a tax rebate or ask for the disclosure of personal or payment information by email. The guidance is available at: