HMRC QR Code Scam Alert


HMRC is warning that a new VAT email scam is circulating which encourages recipients to scan a QR code and enter personal details.

They advised that if you have been a recipient of this email, to not engage and report it to them via the HMRC phishing team by forwarding the email to ‘[email protected]’.

If you have fallen victim to this scam, the NCSC have guidance on the immediate steps you can take to protect yourself.

HMRC have confirmed that they do use QR codes in their official correspondence, however this is only to direct users to guidance. They will never ask you to submit personal information via a QR code.

The NCSC recently published a blog to give you an idea of what sort of risk there is to using QR Codes and some key bits of advice.

If you have been a recipient of any phishing emails, please forward them to [email protected]. For more information, please visit the NCSC website for the blog QR Codes – what’s the real risk?’

QR Codes - what's the real risk?