A parent has reported that they have recently received what they believe to be a scam HMRC text message through a ‘Gateway’ service which the parent initially thought was the SchoolGateway the school uses to communicate with parents/carers.
We are unsure at this stage whether there is a connection to SchoolGateway although we understand that HMRC do, in fact, use a similarly named service. Nonetheless, we felt we should warn all of our users to be aware of such messages and if you have any concerns, please do let us know. Ideally, we would like to see a screen shot of the text which may help us to identify the source whereupon we can raise the issue with SchoolGateway if it turns out that it is connected to that service.
In the meantime, always remain vigilant and make sure you know, without doubt, who you are revealing any personal details to. If you want to know more about how to tackle fraud/scams follow this link to the Essex Police website which gives lots of important advice: Essex Police.
You can also report HMRC scams on the government’s website page here