Heartless scammers are targeting the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme as the fifth grant opens.

For those self-employed or members of a partnership that have been impacted by Covid-19, the Government launched the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

Since the scheme was launched more than £25billion has been paid out to nearly three million people.

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While applications for the fourth round of grants ended at the beginning of last month, the fifth round is now opening.

However, HM Revenue and Customs have warned claimants of scammers targeting the scheme.

In a tweet, HMRC said: "Scammers are targeting the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.

"GOV.UK is the only place you can make your claim - fifth grant opens for claims soon."

Issuing a guide on spotting scams, HMRC said phone calls, emails and text messages could be a scam if it is unexpected, offers a refund, tax rebate or grant, asks for personal information like bank details, is threatening or tells you to transfer money.

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HMRC will only ever call you asking about a claim or payment on a debt that you already know about, never leave a voicemail threatening legal action and never give the reason for a call on a voice message.

If you've already shared personal details you can report a disclosure of personal information to the HMRC security team.

If you’ve been a victim of a scam and suffered financial loss, report it to Action Fraud.