London: +44 (0)20 7236 2601
St Albans: +44 (0)1727 869141
Rickmansworth: +44 (0) 1923 771010
Milton Keynes: +44 (0)1908 605552

Record number of fake HMRC phishing emails

The BBC news website recently reported that 10,000 reports about phishing emails were made to HMRC on a single day in October, and a record 83,000 were reported in September.

HMRC has again issued a reminder that taxpayers should not disclose any personal or payment information and confirmed that HMRC does not send emails requesting personal information.
As well as the “repayment” email a new variance regarding unreported income links to a fake HMRC website entitled 'Fraud Application'.

Earlier last month HMRC warned that an email entitled 'National Insurance Contributions' was circulating, stating that payment was outstanding. The email contains a link to a fraudulent website that requests the disclosure of payment/personal details, and is not from HMRC.

If in doubt contact HMRC or your accountant but do not give bank account details.

Cathy Corns is a tax adviser and a partner at Mercer & Hole. The views given in this blog are personal to the author, if you would like to discuss the contents of this post with Cathy you can call her on 01908 605552.
 

 

 

Date: 23rd November, 2009
Author: Cathy Corns

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