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Back to Business: Scam Awareness

While everyone is worried about the coronavirus, cyber criminals have seen this as an opportunity. 

National Cyber Security Centre

COVID-19 has been and is a real challenge for businesses. The NCSC has produced guidance which will help businesses meet those challenges: 

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published guidance to help you spot the most obvious signs of a scam, and what to do if you've already responded:

The NCSC has also published guidance to help small businesses improve cyber security - quickly, easily and at low cost.

HMRC Phishing Scam

We have been alerted to a phishing scam designed to steal personal and financial details from self-employed workers using the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

Victims are informed via SMS that they may be eligible for a tax refund and are redirected to a website that looks like the official HMRC site but is designed to gather personal and financial information.

HRMC will never send notifications of a tax rebate or ask that personal or payment information be disclosed by email or text message.