Official figures have shown HMRC-branded phishing scams have jumped from 572,029 to 1,069,522 in the last year – a surge of 87 per cent. The data, obtained by accountancy group Lanop Outsourcing under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, analysed data over the three most recent financial years (April 2018-2019, April 2019-2020, and April 2020-2021).

The figures show that reports of suspected SMS scams shot up 52 per cent on last year, rising from 67,497 to 102,562 attacks. Email scams exploded 109 per cent, rising from 301,170 to 630,193, and reports of phone call scams increased 66 per cent, from 203,362 to 336,767.
Of the scams listed, the majority were tax rebate or refund scams which rose by 90 per cent from 363,118 and 690,522. In addition, voice scam attacks rose by 66 per cent, jumping from 203,362 to 336,767.

HMRC also receives reports for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and act on its behalf to initiate website takedowns….

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