Fake HMRC emails
HMRC is warning taxpayers against fraudulent phishing emails, after almost 75,000 fake emails were reported over the last six months.
The emails promise a tax refund, and ask for a recipient’s personal details. Once the information is provided money is stolen from the bank account and details often sold on to other criminal gangs, which can lead to identity theft.
HMRC has said that it never contacts customers who are due a tax refund by email, it always sends a letter through the post.
If you receive an email which claims to be from HMRC, and which offers you a tax refund, you should send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and then permanently delete it.
Date: 30th October, 2014
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