Employer Bulletin 54 – email alert (and warning!)

The Employer Bulletin is a magazine for employers giving up-to-date information on payroll topics. It is published six times a year – in February, April, June, August, October and December.

If you have registered to receive Employer Bulletin alerts from HMRC, then you should expect to receive an email about the publication of the latest Employer Bulletin – number 54, around about now. 

The email will be titled ‘Important information for employers’ and will include a direct link to the latest Employer Bulletin on GOV.UK. It will not ask you to provide personal or financial information or contain attachments for you to open. 

If it does, then it is a fake version of the email alert – sent out by fraudsters with the aim of extracting sensitive information from you in order that they can do things like try and raid your bank account!  It should be forwarded to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk and then deleted. Do not open any attachments as they may contain a virus that can let hackers into your computer to steal your confidential data.

It is worth noting similar malicious software has in the past been circulated in the guise of an email advising employers that HMRC has not been able to process their Full Payment Submission (with an attachment to refer to for ‘more information’) and no doubt there will be other scams targeted at employers in the pipeline, if not out there already. 

The key message is to be vigilant. 

For more advice on dealing with bogus emails and recognising genuine HMRC contacts see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/genuine-hmrc-contact-and-recognising-phishing-emails

For examples of emails, letters, text messages, and calls used by scammers and fraudsters to get your personal information see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phishing-and-bogus-emails-hm-revenue-and-customs-examples