TAX REBATE FRAUD ALERT; NHS members are being targeted by tax rebate companies, purporting to offer services whereby they obtain a tax rebate on the victim’s behalf. However, the company obtains the refund but does not provide any of the funds to their customer, leaving victims over £34,000 out of pocket.
Information suggests that the companies have managed to infiltrate NHS practices/hospitals as part of training/open days and in lunchtime meeting sessions for staff. They also advertise their services to staff members and have been known to set up stands in the reception or restaurant areas. The companies request the victim sign forms which give them permission to liaise with HMRC on their behalf, stating their fee will be charged to the rebate received. HMRC have confirmed that they have issued refunds to the companies in relation to requests received and authorised by the staff member. Once the refund is obtained all contact with the companies are broken and the victim does not receive their rebate.
Tax rebate fraud does not only affect NHS staff but can also affect Police Officers, airline staff and teachers. However this list of professions is not exclusive and anyone can be targeted.
Crime Prevention Advice
 Do research online to ensure the company is reputable by checking the registration details are correct and by viewing feedback online.
 Do not feel pressured to sign documentation without doing some basic checks.
 Do not respond to unsolicited emails, texts or calls offering rebate services.
 Make sure that you are aware and agree to the commission that will be paid to a rebate company prior to signing any documents.
 If you have been affected by this, or any other fraud, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting