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HMRC warns of fake tax rebate and close 185 fake websites

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HMRC warns of fake tax rebate and close 185 fake websites

We have already warned you in “Pop Pickers, Top 20 Scams and Frauds of 2011 and Warning for 2012”; Click:

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has now officially issued a warning over the latest round of ‘phishing’ emails.

As the self-assessment deadline approaches, the emails in question pose as HMRC notifying the recipient that they are due a tax rebate.

The email then links to a clone of HMRC’s website, and asks for bank or credit card details, which are then used to empty accounts.  In the last three months HMRC has helped to shut down 185 websites that were responsible for sending such emails.

HMRC is urging taxpayers not to get caught out. Commenting, Joan Wood, director of HMRC Online and Digital said: “We only ever contact customers who are due a tax refund in writing by post. We currently don’t use telephone calls, emails or external companies in these circumstances. If anyone receives an email claiming to be from HMRC, please send it to before deleting it permanently.”

“HMRC will do everything possible to ensure those people receiving this email know what steps to take to protect their information, and we are working closely with other law enforcement agencies to target the criminals behind this serious crime and see them brought to justice.”

HMRC has published security advice, including example emails on the HMRC website at the link below;

HMRC will never send notifications of a tax rebate by email, or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email.

If you think you have been the victim of an email scam the advice is to report the matter to your bank or card issuer as soon as possible.

Steven Mugglestone BA FCA,
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Written by Steven Mugglestone

January 17, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Posted in Fraud, HMRC

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