Student tax scams

News from Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs: Student tax scams

Students at London universities and colleges are among those being targeted by scam emails asking for personal details with the lure of fake tax refunds.

Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs has received thousands of fraud reports in just a few weeks from students across the UK.

HMRC will only inform you about tax refunds through the post or through your pay via your employer. All emails, text messages, or voicemail messages saying you have a tax refund are a scam. Do not click on any links in any such messages , and forward them to HMRC’s phishing email address and phone number ( below).

HMRC advises customers to:

  • recognise the signs - genuine organisations like banks and HMRC will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, password or bank details
  • stay safe - do not give out private information, reply to text messages, download attachments or click on links in emails you weren’t expecting
  • take action - forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to and texts to 60599, or contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 to report any suspicious calls or use its online fraud reporting tool
  • check GOV.UK for information on how to avoid and report scams and recognise genuine HMRC contact


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