POLICE in North Ayrshire are urging residents to be aware of a scam involving fake text messages allegedly from HMRC.

The scammers target individuals by texting them advising that they are due a tax refund or rebate.

Within the text is a link that if clicked takes the individual to a webpage that looks like a genuine HMRC page where they are asked to input their bank account and sort code.

Rather than a tax refund, funds are then removed from the victim’s bank account.

PC Colin Johnson, preventions and interventions officer for North Ayrshire, said: “HMRC will never send notifications by email or text about tax rebates or refunds and we advise that you do not click on any links, open any attachments or disclose any personal or payment information.”