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Fraud warning - Taxpayers

7th September 2010

HMRC has now started writing to certain taxpayers to let them know if they owe or are owed tax under the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system. From Tuesday 7 September, letters will be delivered to some households as part of a normal annual process.  

It is possible that fraudsters may try to take advantage of the situation.


  • HMRC are contacting individuals affected by post ONLY
  • check the letter - are there spelling errors or poor grammar?
  • you will not be contacted by phone or email
  • you will not be asked to send bank details or any other personal information to anyone
  • tax rebates will be refunded by cheque sent directly to you via the post
  • HMRC will take money through the PAYE system. You will not be expected to send cash or cheque
  • if in ANY doubt, visit HMRC's website at or call them on 0845 3000 627.

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To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.