Protect Yourself Against Fraud

In today's digital age, fraudsters continue to evolve, using increasingly sophisticated methods to deceive individuals and businesses alike. One of the most common tactics is imitating trusted government authorities such as HMRC and Companies House. These fraudsters aim to persuade unsuspecting victims to make spurious payments or divulge sensitive information. At Bush & Co Accountants, we want to help you stay vigilant and protect yourself from these scams.

How Fraudsters Operate

As technology, especially artificial intelligence, becomes more advanced, so does the plausibility of these fraudulent contacts. Here are a few common approaches used by these criminals:

  • Telephone Calls: Fraudsters often use recorded messages claiming to be from HMRC. These messages frequently threaten imminent action if payment isn’t made promptly, creating a sense of urgency and fear.
  • Emails: Scammers send emails with links requesting payment to avoid supposed legal action or suggesting a repayment is due. These emails often ask for banking information, which can be used for fraudulent purposes.
  • Letters: Recently, there has been an increase in fraudulent letters appearing to be from HMRC. These letters might ask you to follow a QR code link to make a payment for enhanced web filing services.

Protecting Yourself from Fraud

To safeguard your financial information and avoid falling victim to these scams, follow these essential tips:

  • Be Wary of Sharing Bank Details: As a general rule, do not share your bank details via email. Fraudsters often use email to gather sensitive information under false pretenses.
  • Avoid Clicking Suspicious Links: If you receive an email or text that you were not expecting, or if it appears suspicious, do not click on any links or download attachments. These could lead to malicious websites designed to steal your information.
  • Verify with Your Agent: As your trusted agent with HMRC, always check with us before making any payments or engaging with a third party about a refund or payment request. We are here to verify the legitimacy of such requests and provide you with accurate information.

We’re Here to Help

At Bush & Co Accountants, your security is our priority. We have access to the information needed to confirm whether a communication is genuine. If you ever receive a suspicious message or request, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always happy to help you navigate these challenges and ensure your financial safety.

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