Posted by James Pearson on 18 Jan 2012
HMRC Issue Fraudulent Email Warning
HM Revenue and Customs is warning taxpayers about fraud emails being sent out requesting credit or debit card details.
The emails notify the recipient that they are due a tax rebate and directs them to a fraudulent HMRC website where they are instructed to enter their card details to receive the rebate. Anybody that inputs their details into the fake site(s) put themselves at risk of identity fraud and having their bank accounts emptied.
HMRC has been actively searching for and closing down such fraudulent websites and the Director of HMRC’s online and digital operations 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”
Email Warning Scam Advice
HMRC also published the following advice:
If you have reason to believe that you have been the victim of an email scam, report the matter to your bank/card issuer as soon as possible. If in doubt please check with HMRC at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phishing-and-bogus-emails-hm-revenue-and-customs-examples
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