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Please warn young people about scams

HM Revenue & Customs has issued a warning to university students who are taking part-time jobs who may be at an increased risk of falling victim to scams because they are new to having any dealings with HMRC and are unfamiliar with genuine contact. In the past year almost one million people reported scams to HMRC.

Nearly half of all tax scams offer fake tax refunds, which HMRC does not offer by text messages or email. Those involved are usually trying to steal money or personal information to sell on to others. Links or files in emails or texts can also download dangerous software onto a computer or phone. This can then gather personal data or lock the recipient’s machine until they pay a ransom.

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