The texts, which were not fake, were sent by the government as part of a new scheme which is advising the receiver to check if their passport is valid by directing them to a link.
In the text, it reads: "Check your passport is valid for travel to Europe after 29 Mar 2019."
The text then offers a link to the passport checking service on the government website.
This allows passports to be checked in the event of a no-deal Brexit with the government advising to have at least six months remaining on the document when travelling.
However, many Brits feared it was a fake text which was part of an online scam.
One Twitter user wrote: "#UKPassport #UK #passport #SCAM #HMRC Will never text you!! Report and Delete."
Another asked: "@HM_Passport Are you texting people this message or is it a scam?"
User George Sandison tweeted: "Anyone else had a text from the Passpirt (sic) Office about checking passport status for travel to Europe after the 29th March?"
In response to Twitter users, HM Passport Office said: "Yes, this is an official text message.
"As the rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change if the UK leaves the European Union with no deal, we have introduced this SMS communication to advise them to check their passport."
One woman remarked: "Nothing quite like getting a text from your government on a Saturday night to say your rights will be diminished."
The government website currently advises: "You should have at least 6 months left on your passport from your date of arrival. This applies to adult and child passports."
However, the latest warning from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advised Brits to have at least 15 months left on their passport in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
The UK Foreign Office warned: "Some passports with up to 15 months validity remaining may not be valid for travel."
Passports are currently valid for ten years, unless it was issued under the age of 15 in which it lasts five years.
An adult passport application currently costs £75.50 online or £85 by post.
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